Congratulations Bubba!

Okay, I just became a Bubba Watson fan. Not just because of that famous shot on the second playoff hole (the tenth hole at Augusta) and not simply because he won the Masters Championship.

I became a Twitter follower of @bubbawatson when I saw his tweet after the Masters: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

If you’re not on Twitter, you might want to consider. For example, you can follow me @waylonbailey, but you might really want to follow Bubba and other believers who are unashamed to share their Christian faith.

Every person on Twitter has a profile. Here’s Bubba Watson’s: @bubbawatson: Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. Owner of General Lee 1.

The order of everything is important. Notice the order of Bubba Watson’s profile.

For all of us, our order should be something like Bubba’s.

Watson uses his platform as a golfer on the PGA Tour and his magnetic personality–he is also the longest hitter in golf–to share his faith in Christ. He says it this way: “For me, it’s just showing the Light.”

Watson’s Tweet before his third round: The most important thing in my life? Answer after I golf 18 holes with @JustinRose99. #Godisgood. Later that day: Most important things in my life- 1. God 2. Wife 3. Family 4. Helping others 5. Golf.

By the way, do you want to know why he uses a pink driver and wore white with pink yesterday at the Masters? He’s auctioning his wardrobe and other items to use to help for reconstructive surgery for children with physical defects or disabilities. He’s doing this through a group called Fresh Start.

When he won the Master’s yesterday, I saw something I had never seen before–not the part about a man crying over the Masters–that’s happened a lot. The part that I have never seen was the other PGA Tour players who hugged Bubba Watson with true joy. I knew then that this was something special.

Here’s the part that you and I need to remember. We can touch people’s lives every day. We don’t have to win a tournament. We simply have to show up every day. Show up in your kid’s lives, show up at home, and show up at work. Give your best for God every day.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday should be how we live and worship each day of our lives.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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12 Comments


  1. Ed Matthew
    Apr 09, 2012

    Yes, more Bubba’s are needed. Thank you!

    Today is the anniversary of the birth of my Mom, 04/09/1917.

    Yesterday in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was sentenced to death by hanging. In the style of Nazi Germany, the punishment of enemies of the state, hanging was not by rope but by a thin wire, which meant death by painful strangulation. This morning marks the anniversary of his passing into eternity through a difficult gate. As I am aware of your appreciation of this Theologian and as I too share some in that appreciation, the following is offered to the learning curve of Life in Christ’s Resurrection Grace.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-fascist. He was a participant in the German resistance movement against Nazism and a founding member of the Confessing Church. He was involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945, 23 days before the Nazis’ surrender. His view of Christianity’s role in the secular world has become very influential.

    He preached:
    “the blood of martyrs might once again be demanded, but this blood, if we really have the courage and loyalty to shed it, will not be innocent, shining like that of the first witnesses for the faith. On our blood lies heavy guilt, the guilt of the unprofitable servant who is cast into outer darkness.”

    The camp doctor who witnessed the execution wrote: “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer … kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

    The Cost of Discipleship:
    “Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace.” That was a sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official Nazified state church, The book was first published in 1937 as Nachfolge (Discipleship). It soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers—and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church.


    • Waylon
      Apr 09, 2012

      Thanks for the information concerning Bonhoeffer, truly a martyr for the faith.


  2. Geri Sistrunk
    Apr 09, 2012

    Tears streamed down my face as I listened to Bubba Watson’s interview on TV after the Masters. Another good athlete who is a player for the Lord.

    Also, your sermon yesterday was very good. As we left church, Royce and I agreed that it was one of the best we have ever heard. Since we will be married 60 years on your birthday this year, that makes it a cut above many sermons.

    Geri
    Geri


    • Pam Bell Houk
      Apr 09, 2012

      Hi Geri, I remember you and Royce from Baptist Hospital. I worked at Napoleon Surgical with Jerry Daigle and Mary Gillam. And Happy 60th Anniversary!
      Pam


  3. Regina Kelly
    Apr 09, 2012

    I wonder if Bubba is an Auburn fan….


    • Waylon
      Apr 09, 2012

      No, but he should be. Actually, he played golf at the University of Georgia.


  4. Diane Baker
    Apr 09, 2012

    Bubba is the Tim Tebow of golf! It’s so encouraging to see athletes openly profess their faith in Jesus Christ. I think we have a new crop of role models for us all.


  5. Dawn
    Apr 09, 2012

    The Masters tournament went perfectly with your Easter morning sermon. My husband loves golf and I shared your message with him. I love to see people giving God glory.


  6. Bethellen
    Apr 09, 2012

    Wow! What another wonderful story to share regarding the Master’s. Thanks!


  7. SCOTTY
    Apr 09, 2012

    I remember when you had a “Bubba” on staff at FBC, COV :0) :0) :0)


  8. Pam Bell Houk
    Apr 09, 2012

    I don’t normally watch golf but since my husband controls the remote and that is what he was watching I watched it as well. At first I was disinterestedly watching but became more interested and was very glad to see Bubba Watson win and to hear his interview afterward. One of the commentators said Bubba never had a single golf lesson. Remarkable!


  9. Ed Matthew
    Apr 09, 2012

    You are welcome. You haven’t jumped the shark yet. Nor will anyone who is determined to continue to Grow in Christ. Well Done! And Thank You again for the Blessing.

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