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Tiger’s Christmas Gift to Us

by on December 15, 2009

Everyone say it together now: “Thank you, Tiger Woods!”

I have lately tended to avoid blogging on such stories as this, but yesterday began to think of all the hoopla that has followed from Tiger’s car accident from a different angle.

One of the things I try to keep constant on this blog is looking at and thinking about things from a different angle.

I realized yesterday that whereas a high percentage of people used to like Tiger, now it seems like even more people like to talk about Tiger. Why such a preoccupation with what supposedly upsets/bothers/offends us?

Deflection.

So long as there are Tiger Woods type stories, we can use them to avoid dealing with, facing, or talking about our own shortcomings and difficulties.  We would rather talk about his shortcoming than our own.

Because, let’s face it; your shortcomings and mine aren’t nearly as bad has his, right?  Or at least not as press-worthy.

Yet Christmas is celebrated by Christian and non-Christian alike with light.  Tiger’s story is receiving all the light; helping us keep our own stories in darkness.

May Tiger Woods’ difficulties and challenges give each of us the courage to bring our own stuff into the light, because only by bringing our challenges, difficulties, shortcomings, yea, our sins, out of darkness and into the marvelous light can we find hope and healing.

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  1. Angie Haammond permalink

    Hey Steve: One other point in this whole mess not discussed but needs it. Yes we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all need the light, but the light shines on all not just those that receive it. For us to accept it means to admit that we’ve fallen short and then to repent or turn away or if you will allow me to say it this way: To turn towards God instead of away from him.
    In short while Tiger’s transgressions have reminded us that we all need the light, let’s also remember that true healing comes when we accept the forgiveness offered and then allow it to work in us.
    From a scientist point of view. The color black is when all light is absorbed and the color we see as white is when all light is reflected. I like to think of this darkness as being a condition where none of God’s light is reflected in our lives or actions. In other words, we don’t give off God’s image or light and instead you see only darkness.

    God’s light shines on all but all do not reflect it.
    Tiger Woods reminded us that we all have darkness, but the light that is God’s grace shines on all of us so that we might receive it and share it with others. The only difference in Tiger’s darkness from our own is the brightness of the spotlight which illuminates it.

    We all have our stages, some just play to a larger audience. I’m just glad that God’s my stage manager.

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