The Dutch golfer shred on social media this week that he “almost killed” his girlfriend while practicing a “trick shot” with his caddy, who was throwing him his golf club from a few feet away due to coronavirus pandemic guidelines. Luiten, who is ranked the 98th golfer in the world, was attempting to go directly into a swing after he caught his club, but wasn’t initially having much success contacting the ball.
But, but after a few tries at it, he made solid contact and accidentally sent the ball in the direction of his girlfriend, Melanie-Jane Lancaster, who had been standing nearby shooting a video of Luiten’s activity.
The resultant video shows the golfer grabbing his face in shock as his girlfriend lets out a cry of pain. Fortunately, for all involved, Ms. Lancaster only suffered a bruise from the incident. The video was later posted to Instagram with this caption: “Pff playing golf with a caddy and keeping the 1.5m is hard. Almost killing my girlfriend in the process(sic) trying to master social distancing (she survived, just a bruise).”
Now, I’m not knocking Mr. Luiten. What unfolded was purely accidental and could have happened to anyone. But the truth is that just about everyone (including me) can relate to this situation. You see, we have all been in situations like the one in which he and his girlfriend suddenly found themselves.
By this I mean that, at some point or another, most of us have been engaged in some form of behavior that eventually hurt someone else, even when that was not at all our intention. Likewise, most of us have also been on the receiving end of someone else’s innocent, but nonetheless careless and/or reckless antics.
Many times in life this happens as a result of what we do (or do not do). But often, it happens merely as a result of what we say or do not say!
For this reason, it behooves us all to be sensitive to the impact that our words and deeds can have on others. As well as the lack of words and deeds.
This is especially important for those of us who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us of several great truths in his Second New Testament Letter to the Corinthians (chapter 5, verse 20). Here, he states that “we are Christ’s ambassadors”, that “God is making his appeal through us”, and that “We speak for Christ…” Simply put, we represent another One from another world, even while we live in the midst of this one!
Little wonder then that Paul later gave the following admonition to the Colossians in his New Testament Letter to them (in chapter 3, verse 17): “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”
Both the things we say and the things we do invariably have an impact on others. Let’s be careful then, and as much as is possible, do our best to make certain that our words and deeds serve only to affirm and benefit others. For this is as Christ would have it!
https://www.foxnews.com/sports/european-golfer-almost-kills-girlfriend-social-distancing-trick-shot. The writer, Dan Canova, is a Sports Reporter for Fox News. He can be followed on Twitter @DanCanova.
The article provides an online link to the actual video, as captured by his girlfriend.