Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gotta Luv Bubba

The most unlikely player won The Masters golf tournament this past Easter weekend: Bubba Watson. If you were to paint a profile of a pro golfer, Bubba Watson would not fit in it at all. Never had a lesson. Never had a coach. Never watched a video of his swing. He's a Georgia Bulldog who own the Dukes of Hazards' General Lee 1. And, he makes goofy videos with his friends. Masters' Champion? Not from that profile. Yet, he just won the tourney that any golfer would say, "You'll never be considered great until you win the Masters." You gotta luv Bubba.

Bubba Watson
I don't think it was a coincidence that he won on Easter Sunday. What better time for a player who had confessed his trust in Jesus, baptized with his wife, and had been working to change his habits on the course in order to reflect his faith to win on Easter Sunday. Check out his Twitter profile @bubbawatson. The order of who he is goes: Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. Looks like he has his priorities in order to me. His tweet on Victory Sunday? "To God be the Glory!!! #Masters"

What do Bubba Watson, Jeremy Lin, and Tim Tebow have in common?  

I suggest that none of them fit their sport's typical profile of a player, yet they are winners, AND they openly confess their trust in Jesus.

How many still say Tim Tebow is not NFL-quality quarterback material?

Jeremy Lin, Asian and a Harvard grad, in the NBA?

Bubba Watson, a pink driver, no lessons or coach, #2 in the Fed Ex Cup rankings?

I love the fact that the outside-the-profile players win, get the spotlight for a moment, and when they do, they honor the outside-the-profile Savior who rescued them and gave them a greater purpose than their sport.

When Paul, the Apostle, observed the motley crew that made up the church in Corinth, he wrote this:
 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let those who boast boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
Sounds like God still chooses Bubbas and they still boast in the Lord! How about you?

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