Even the "pros" need help at times. . .
Steve Stricker claims that it’s part of being a PGA tour veteran that you help
your fellow golfers. So before the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week in
Doral, FL, Stricker spent some time helping Tiger Woods with his putting
game. It worked! Woods won the Championship! In second place
– just two shots behind – was… yes, Steve Stricker!
Woods had been unhappy with his putting at the Honda
Classic two weeks ago. He bumped into Stricker after a practice round at
Doral before the tournament and told him about his frustration with his putting
game. Stricker worked with Woods for about 45-minutes, helping him get
back to the putting stance that had served him well previously.
The 46-year-old Stricker said that it was not the
first time he had helped out Woods or other players. "It's kind of
the nature of our game. Older players have done it with me and now I'm one of
those older players, I guess, and when somebody asks me for help, I tend to
give it to them," he said.
Stricker, by finishing 2nd in the tournament, nabbed a
purse of $869,852.94. The victorious Woods, however, pocketed
$1,441,176.47! Neal Pollard observed: “Once you have finished staggering
at such incredible ‘earnings,’ consider the magnanimity of Stricker: He helped
his opponent win.” *
If you and I are “professional” at anything, it is
sinning! “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans
3:23). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Because of our sin,
we’re not just “losing”; we’ve LOST “the game” and are destined for
destruction. We don’t just need HELP; we need a Savior!
God loves us so much that He gave His Son to die on
the cross as payment for our sins. Even though we were His “opponents”
(His enemies, due to our sin, Romans 5:6-10), He came to save us. “In Him
we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the
riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
He paid the price for our sins so that we might share
in His victory over sin and death. Because of His victory, we can receive
the GIFT of eternal life (Romans 6:23). He provided for us (salvation)
what we could not accomplish for ourselves! “Thanks be to God, who
gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
We can SHARE in Christ’s victory when. . . we
place our faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in
repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are
baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts
2:38). He will continue to lead to victory those who continue to follow
Him faithfully (1 John 1:7).
Because we are lost without Him, Jesus came to
Won’t YOU accept His offer of salvation and
life? Then YOU can share in His victory!
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile,
Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled Living
Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact
David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Information gleaned from “Steve Stricker Putting Lesson Helps Tiger Woods To
Victory At WGC-Cadillac Championship” by Simon Evans of Reuters in the
Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com) and “Helping Your Opponent Win” by
Neal Pollard in Daily Bread (3/11/13), an e-mail ministry of the Bear Valley
church of Christ in Denver, CO (www.bearvalleycofc.com).