Today has been a great day. We had some amazing services at the church where I serve as a pastor. I had some fantastic pizza for a low price. (Dave Ramsey would be proud, as it was a part of the budget). I have spent some quality time with my wife and girls. And I have gotten a chance to watch golf. For the first time in about two and one half years the game of golf on television is interesting to me. I have been watching the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, FL and to my liking Tiger Woods was at the top of the leader-board.
The game of golf has many teachings that we can glean from. It teaches sportsmanship, discipline, it’s considered the gentlemen’s sport. Although the sport represents many good things, the man who was on top of the golf world was at the center of a high-profile moral failure. As a result of his bad decisions, he lost his marriage, his health declined, and his game suffered.
Just like golf, leadership also requires us to have good sportsmanship and discipline. Leaders are expected to have it all together; however, many find themselves battling in the dark against unhealthy urges and desires. Too often leaders are too prideful to seek out for help or admit their shortfalls.
If leaders are not careful they can succumb to the pressures of success. As of lately leaders such as church leaders, politicians, and company leaders have been at the center of similar moral failures.
Let me say this: No one is perfect.
It is my prayer that this type of situation does not continue to happen. If you are a leader and feeling the immense pressure and the attack of the enemy, please seek out help. Let me repeat that again, please seek out help. The help can be from a pastor, a mentor, or a counselor.
So what are the three things that I have learned?
- We can recover from a fall.
- We need to work harder than we have ever worked.
- We will win again!
As I close out this post, much to my liking, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event in over 900 days!
You too can win. It’s not over yet.
What other lessons do you see in this?