Reading the news on Tiger Woods’ personal woes nowadays reminds me so much of how fleeting fame and fortune are in life.
I was just a greenhorn sportswriter when I started reading about Tiger Woods’ pro career sometime in 1996.
Back then, internet cost a fortune so I’d read printed wire stories at the Manila Times office to follow Woods’ pro golfing career.
In over 20 years’ time, Tiger Woods has accomplished so much after amassing 14 major championships in his professional career—4 titles in the Masters tournament, 3 in the US Open, 3 in the Open championship and 4 in the PGA.
His numerous accomplishments as a pro golfer yielded him millions of dollars in earnings. He was named the highest-paid athlete for 10 straight years (from 2002-2011), yielded the throne briefly to pro boxer Floyd Mayweather in 2012, before emerging as the top earner once more in 2013.
As a sports enthusiast and sports writer for many years, what’s evident is that these super famous athletes are humans just like us.
Sure, Tiger Woods has been “swinging badly” in his personal life the past years, but that’s something we all do since nobody’s perfect.
Tiger, just like many sports stars today, may be adored by thousands or even millions of fans worldwide and have huge following on their social media accounts. They may be driving nice, fancy cars, live in a mansion and can travel to the most expensive tourists destinations anytime. But the truth of the matter is, just like any of us, they also make mistakes and need a Savior, Someone who can rescue them from their mistakes and help them experience a radical turnaround.
And that turnaround begins when we learn to humble ourselves, ask forgiveness from God and from the people we hurt, Doing so will give us God’s power to start afresh, move forward and be free from guilt and live in victory.
As 1 John 1:9 says in the NLT, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
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