1 Lessons from a #1 Golfer!

#1 Lessons from a #1 Golfer!

On Sunday, April 14, 2024, the number one golf tournament in the world, The Masters, put the green jacket on Scottie Scheffler again. I predict he will have a closet full of green jackets soon.

He is a great teacher. We can learn from the best. Here are some of his real golf lessons:

  1. Scottie Scheffler is number one in the golf world—but the golf world is not number one in him! His priority is his commitment to Jesus Christ. Golf is a platform that he uses to share his faith. He makes it clear that golf is what he does—it is not his identity. His identity is that he is a follower of Jesus. His security and confidence are the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
  1. His second priority is to be a Godly husband. His wife Meredith was pregnant with their first child and her due date was sometimes around the Masters event. He told everyone at the Masters that if his wife went into labor, he would withdraw from the competition and go to be with her. Think about that. How many people who are knocking on the door of $3.6 million and the number one golf ranking in the world would give all of that up just to be with their wife when their child is born? What if he had received a phone call early Sunday morning when he was ready to play the final round? I know what he would have done. What would you have done?
  1. He knows the value of surrounding himself with strong Christian friends. He met  Ted Scott in a Bible study, and they became accountability partners. Ted became his caddie. I was touched by the scene when he sank the last putt on the 18th green. He embraced Ted. Walking up to sign his scorecard, a lot of people stopped Ted to congratulate him. Scheffler stopped and waited for him to catch up so they could walk to the victory table together.
  1. Scheffler commented on how during the week he knew how much he wanted to win. He confessed that he hated to lose. He was with some of his friends and expressed how he was struggling. The group reminded him that his security was not on the golf course but was in the cross of Jesus Christ. Scheffler said that when he heard that, it made all the difference. He knew where his real security was deposited. Where is your security?
  1. He was one of the most focused athletes I’ve seen. He wasn’t going to be distracted. Paul wrote, “This one thing I do, forgetting what’s behind and reaching for what is front of me, I press on toward the goal of the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:14) To me, that’s Scottie Scheffler.

Quiz time: What is your #1 priority? Are your friends a Godly influence? To whom are you accountable? Would you be driving the same car if you made $54 million in your job? Who gets the glory when you win? Are your answers to these questions the same as Sheffler’s answers would be?

Three points to memorize: Winning the Masters is not as important as knowing Jesus Christ as your Master. The Masters’ $3.6 million prize doesn’t compare to The Master’s promise of heavenly riches! The Masters’ victory will only be in the history books, but the victory of placing your security and identity in the The Master puts your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Homework: Share this blog with your golf friends (and others).

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