In 1973, I remember hearing a Lynn Anderson song with the lyrics, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.”
And while writing five blogs a day, I never want to promise you any thing that can’t be delivered to you.
The Tiger Woods saga was noteworthy at jeff noel.org because it challenged all of us to decide one way or another. (And even if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice)
A jeffnoel.org reader emailed a valuable insight – none of us are in a position to forgive Tiger Woods. God and Tiger must handle this.
However, a point you may want to consider – the one that came immediately to mind – as you live your daily life, is this:
God will not withhold forgiveness to anyone who asks to be forgiven.
And if this is so, who is it in our lives that needs to be forgiven, but we have never offered them hope and encouragement?
Does he deserve forgiveness? Will you, if you haven’t, forgive him?
Or is he unforgivable? The lying, cheating, dirty, no good scum of the earth. Is that it?
Tempting isn’t it? Difficult, isn’t it? Will we find it impossible?
All things are possible for him who trusts in the Lord. Is that a figment of my imagination, or did I read or hear about this somewhere?
Okay, so here’s my final answer, and it comes straight from Jesus’ mouth, “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”
Oh, you know what, there are probably exceptions to when and whom we get to forgive.
Is that it? Is that what you think?
PS. Do you sometimes wonder if God ever has a tough time deciding?
Do you? Can you? Will you?
Traveling all last week, I heard many negative and malicious comments about Tiger Woods. There’s a fairly rampant, and unfavorable, judgement on Tiger Woods, the Golfer.
And when I took this photo, I was actually in a negative judgement mindset as well.
And then it hit me. What about Tiger Woods, the man, not the golfer. The human being, just like you and me.
If Tiger Woods asks God for forgiveness, do you think God will deny Tiger Woods?
Would God deny you forgiveness?
Then why would Tiger be any different?
Then why would I be any different?
Opportunity isn’t always obvious.
Life is hard for many people this time of year. Add to that unprecedented times, and we have an overwhelming number of people who are struggling in one way or another right now.
And I mean struggling at a greater intensity than many generations can recall.
It sure seems that way to me.
Can you imagine being Tiger Woods right now, or President Obama, or even the Pope?
Can you imagine being the average American who can no longer put food on the table, when a year ago they could quite easily?
I worry about a lot more than I used to. So, now more than ever, the phrase, “Pray without ceasing“, has a special meaning.
And also a special obligation.