Picture Perfect Christians THE ATHLETEII Timothy 2:5 Tonight we continue our series on Picture Perfect Christians. Paul, in writingto his young "son" in the faith, Timothy is giving Timothy examples from dailylife that give us a glimpse of how to live the Christian life. Last week, Danielshared with you the picture of a soldier. Tonight, I want us to take a look atthe life of an athlete.II Timothy 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does notreceive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.Rules are very important to any athlete. Whether its football, basketball,baseball or golf. Each sport has a set of rules that need to be followed.1. In order for an athlete to follow the rules, he first must know the rules.Golf is a game that some of the most and quite honestly hard to understandand quite dumb rules ever. And to be a good golfer you have to know therules. The real hard part, sometimes in the game of golf, is that you are yourown referee. You are the person who enforces the rules on yourself. There are many times when you are the only person who really knows if youground your club in a hazard. You may be the only person to see a ball movewhen it shouldn't have. You are your own official at times and you mustadmit when you break a rule.Golf is a game of rules both obvious and arcane, and if you're going to playthe game, you have to play by its rules. No matter what the cost.Last weekend. Zach Nash, a 14-year-old Wisconsin kid who happens to be afine golfer. So good, in fact, that he won a junior Wisconsin PGA tournament.Problem was, he won it by violating one of golf's most straightforward rules.He had too many clubs in his bag. And the worst part? It was a total accident,discovered long after the fact.Specifics: Nash's 77 won the boys' 13-14 division at the Milwaukee CountyParks Tour Invitational, knocking off 31 other players. Afterward, Nash wentto celebrate with one of his mentors, Chris Wood, head club pro at RivermoorGolf Club. And that's where the troubles began.Wood noticed an extra club in Nash's bag and pointed it out to him.Apparently, a friend of Nash's had left the club at his house, and Nash put itin his bag, not realizing it put him one over the mandatory limit of 14 clubs.