Why We Were Cheering for Tiger Woods

I wrote a Facebook post on April 14, 2019 that had more likes and shares than any post or picture I have ever made or shared with social media. As I slowed down last week, I reflected on that post and thought it was worth sharing here – and again if you read it earlier this year. 

April 14, 2019
I could give you a lot of reasons why I don’t like Tiger Woods. Until today. Why I wouldn’t want him to win another Masters…or any tournament for that matter. Reasons why he doesn’t “deserve” to win. But if I am rooting against Tiger Woods, I am rooting against myself. 

We all fail. We all disappoint. We all mess up. Big time. Tiger is no different than me. Maybe a different kind of failure or disappointment or mess up. His is more public than most of ours. But still human. In need of a Savior. In need of forgiveness and redemption.

Today I found myself on the edge of my seat rooting for him to win his 5th Masters. (Y’all, I don’t even like golf that much.) He hadn’t won a major in 11 years. 11 years! He has had personal issues and health issues. He let down many with some of his actions. He hurt loved ones. He let himself down. And I realized that this connection I had with Tiger is because I need the same grace as he does. I need the same forgiveness and redemption. If I think it should be withheld from him, why should it also not be withheld from me?

If we pause long enough, we can all find ourselves in Tiger’s story. And that’s why we find so many celebrating…not so much the man as it is the celebration of grace and forgiveness and redemption we all need!

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