ESPN.com published a fascinating article this week titled, The Secret History of Tiger Woods. The overall takeaway from the piece is that Tiger is just a man like you and me. He’s not the superhuman golf machine that we made him out to be for so many years, but he has issues, pain, brokenness, and real feelings like the rest of us. Tiger is someone who is on a pursuit for more than green jackets.
This in-depth article describes his longing for normalcy and companionship. It also explains his relationship with his dad (who passed away), his interest in the Navy SEALs, his extramarital affairs, and his unique personality. The one line that most stands out is a quote from Petty Officer John Brown when referencing Tiger’s training with the SEALs: “I definitely think he was searching for something…”
Kyle Porter, our guest from last week’s radio show, sums it up nicely in his blog on CBSSPORTS.COM: “Woods’ story is not that much different than yours or mine, even if the parts surrounding it are glitzy and glamorous. His tale is one of the human condition. As it stands right now, it’s a sad (but tried and true) story of not being able to find what in the world he’s looking for.”
I firmly believe we have a God-size hole in our hearts that only Jesus can fill. We can chase everything else in the world, and search for answers in the wrong places, but ultimately we find rest, peace, and understanding when we humble ourselves and admit our need for Jesus.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV), “…you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
In other words, we can keep searching the world for answers and satisfaction, but scripture tells us (1 John 2:15 (ESV): “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Life is hard, people are broken, and many are still searching for answers. However, when we know Jesus, our answers are found as we seek to better understand who He is and who we are in Him. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to me. I’m thankful my life is rooted in You. Help me not to get sidetracked by looking for answers or satisfaction in this world, but please give me the strength to seek You with all of my heart and soul. Thank You that Jesus heals my brokenness. In His name I pray, amen.