All weekend long at the Farmers Insurance Open, the focus was on Tiger Woods. The talk was about this being his first tournament of the year and his play and how he would do and would he make a run. Seemingly every segment, every update, and every sportscast led with how Tiger was doing, with the mention of the other contenders feeling like an afterthought. By Sunday, with Tiger falling badly off the pace and out of contention, suddenly the golf media had to turn its attention to the guys who were in contention. Certainly, Phil Mickelson was getting plenty of attention—as well he should. But young players like Anthony Kim, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, D. A. Points, and Jhonattan Vegas were being mentioned only after Tiger’s woes had been fully and exhaustively chronicled. With the focus on the former world #1 (who finished in a tie for 44th place), there was little time to talk about the guys who were running away from him. And, oh, by the way, one of those other guys—Bubba Watson—won the tournament with an impressive closing round of 67 on the brutally difficult Torrey Pines South Course.
Sometimes it is easy to feel that, for all your best efforts, you are lost in the crowd while others get the spotlight—even when it comes to our service for Christ. One thing is certain, however. Our Lord doesn’t miss a thing. In fact, the writer of Hebrews declared:
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)
In a world that rarely takes notice of spiritual commitment or sacrificial service, it is easy to feel that what we do for Christ doesn’t matter. But it does. He sees and cares about our efforts to serve in His name. And, oh by the way, He’ll never forget.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain