It began with an accidental car accident (my words). Seemed innocent enough. And eventually, it became ridunkulously stupid all the media coverage an accidental car accident was receiving. Time to move on.
And then the drama began to unfold.
And while I haven’t been following the story, it’s hard NOT to hear something about the story. I don’t know if you’ve been tracking it. I’ve avoided blogging about it until tonight when I read about his decision to indefinitely take a break from professional golf.
Just wanted to share some quick reflections and ask you a simple question for your feedback:
* Celebrity borderline infautation and worship. We all do it on some level…even in the church.
* Tiger is a mere mortal. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. But man, makes me respect Joseph, Daniel, and Esther in the Old Testament. People looked, pierced, combed, and hunted for stuff to bring against them…and really came up with nada. I know I’m not perfect. I have no stone to cast…but I still want to pursue living above reproach – and lean on the grace of God.
* You could have everything in the world but if those closest to you don’t respect and love you…you have nothing.
* I share this all the time with those who are married or desire to be married some day: Marriage will bless or curse everything you do. It’s sacred and the substance of so much.
* When you’re on top, everybody wants a piece of you. When you’re on the bottom, everybody wants a piece of you. So be careful and wise who gets a piece of you.
* Recently, I’ve been examining my heart for others and I ask myself these simple questions – especially when I’ve experienced pain, tension, or envy in my relationship:
Do I truly want this person to prosper? Do I want the best for this person? Do I truly want this person to flourish? Do I truly want this person to be restored? Do I truly want God to bless this person?
Here’s the kicker. If I can’t positively answer the questions above, the problem isn’t the other person…it’s me. All that to say, I hope the best for Tiger Woods, his wife, Elin, and their family.
* In the end, golf really isn’t all that important which is why his decision to take an “indefinite break” from professional golf is a good decision.
So, here’s my question to you:
If you are one of Tiger’s closer friends, what advice would you give him? What advice would you give Elin?
My advice: I would simply remind them to look at one another, look to their children, look to their closest and trusted community, look to their covenant of marriage, ask for forgiveness, forgive, restore one another, and look to the One above…and work and receive grace (daily) towards all these things.
Here’s Tiger’s announcement on his website about his decision:
I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.
Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.