Today’s Illustration: Looking For His Return To Glory

Who:  Tiger Woods

When: April 7, 2022

“Tiger Woods announced Sunday that he continues to prepare for the 2022 Masters with his participation in the tournament ultimately being a “game-time decision”. Woods, who was involved on a horrific one-car wreck in February 2021, is aiming to play his first official event since November 2020 when he last participated in a Masters delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” [1]

What: The Masters 1997 & 2019

The article is titled, “50 Defining Moments in Masters History, Ranked” and ranked . . . .

#3 – Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters — It was titled, “Tiger’s return to glory.”

and

#2 – Twenty-two years earlier — “Tiger’s original glory”    . . . .  (1997) when he won “the then Masters’ 72-hole scoring mark with his 270 total, to win by a record 12 shots, to become the first African-American to win a major.”

For those golfing followers:
#1 was Jack Nicklaus
, who, at the age of 46, won the Masters for the sixth time, setting the all-time record that has never been surpassed.

“There have been 83 Masters Tournaments since its inaugural event in 1934, and in that time, 52 different men have earned the distinction of becoming a Masters champion.”

Tiger Woods is one away from tieing that record.

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Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • attainment
  • accomplishment
  • run with patience
  • not as one that beateth the air
  • human glory
  • God’s glory
  • Mt. of Transfiguration
  • recognition
  • the fading of man’s glory
  • Moses’ face — II Corinthians 3:7
  • popularity
  • fame
  • come short of God’s glory
  • the glory days / years

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Sermonic Example: 

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. . . . There is human glory, and the Scriptures refer to it — “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” — Proverbs 25:2; Romans 2:10; I Corinthians 11:7. 

There is also a human glory that is improper and sinful — “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches.”

The Scriptures also teach that the glory of man is always fading, as was the face of Moses — “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.”

That is the glory that Tiger Woods had in 1997 and 2019, and he is looking for AGAIN in 2022  — a glory that will again fade away. . . . .

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Other Information & Links:

1. https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/2022-masters-tiger-woods-will-be-game-time-decision-as-he-continues-preparation-to-play-augusta-national/

2. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/50-defining-moments-in-masters-history-ranked?utm_medium=email&utm_source=040222&utm_campaign=hitlist&utm_content=DM26612&uuid=b12bf3fbe8fb480bbe3244c1e7db1166

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