Reflecting the Glory of Tiger and a Lesson on the Glory of the One We Should Reflect

Recently, Tiger Woods fired his caddie, Steve Williams, after a 12-year working relationship.  Not surprisingly, Williams harbored some resentment for Tiger’s decision which was manifested in the first tournament they were apart.  Williams, now on the bag of PGA golfer Adam Scott, got the opportunity to take a dig at Tiger as Scott won the tournament.  Williams told the media, “It’s the greatest week of my life caddying and I sincerely mean that… This is the best win of my life.”  That’s a fascinating comment given he won 13 major championships while working with Tiger.  Williams used his platform with the media to vent his frustration and perhaps give himself a larger role than he deserved.  Many sports talk show pundits noted how unusual it was for the caddie, not the golfer, to get the media spotlight after the victory.

Following these events, a friend of mine commented, “Stevie, it’s not about you.  Your glory is reflected from Tiger.”  I got to thinking about my friend’s statement and the truth that was in it.  In reality, the only reason we know the name “Steve Williams” and can recognize his picture is because of Tiger Woods.  I have never seen Williams swing a golf club. I have never seen him hoist a championship trophy over his head.  In no way am I trying to say that Williams is not talented and one of the best at what he does, but the reality is that any notoriety Steve Williams has is due to his association with Tiger Woods.

The same is true for us.  Our lives should not be an effort to be in the spotlight making ourselves out to be something greater than we are.  It’s not politically correct, but the Bible says that in a spiritual sense we can do nothing good apart from Christ.  Rom. 3:11-12- “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”  The truth is, we shouldn’t crave the spotlight because we don’t have anything to brag about based on our own merit.  Anything I am, anything I have, and anything I can do is wholly attributed to the mercy of God.

Our lives should be merely a reflection of God’s glory.  If we are anything, it’s because of Him.  If there is anything good in us, if there is anything worthy of praise, if there is anything about which to boast- it is completely due to God.  Each of us should go about our daily lives with this attitude from Psalm 115:1- “Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness.”

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One Response to “Reflecting the Glory of Tiger and a Lesson on the Glory of the One We Should Reflect”

  1. Todd. I think he was sincere with his answer. For the first time in 12 years, he did not feel the pressure, nor having to look the other way and be secretive, based on a billionaire boss with alot of authority and power. I really think the media set him up to fail. Maybe if Tiger had “Steve Williams” to calculate his clubs, he might still be winning a tournament or two.