Five years ago, on April 6, 2010 I had the honor and privilege to speak at The Masters Week Golf Breakfast hosted by FCA of Augusta and held at Warren Baptist Church. Last year, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Dr. Morris Pickens were the keynote speakers. This is a story of “full circle” as the Lord revealed (2) major lessons that I am applying to this day.
Lesson #1: Always Be Prepared to Share Your Story
Many of you know that when I have the opportunity to share my story, I start with the 1997 Masters, the year that I received (4) tickets to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Practice Rounds. Yes, this was one of those bucket list trips and there was a point as I strolled around Amen Corner I thought that life just can’t get any better than this. It was a WOW experience. This was the year that Tiger Woods won by….12 shots!
Just days later as I returned home to Cedar Rapids, IA I was greeted by my wife of two years and the words that came out of her mouth took me from the mountain top to the depths of the valley as she told me she could no longer stay in our marriage. My reality was; a broken marriage, a devastating financial picture and living a life of no purpose or meaning. Can you relate?
That experience rocked my heart and was the catalyst for my personal faith journey which led me to a book called, “In His Grip”, which led me to start reading the Bible which led me to committing my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
For God to open up this opportunity at the 2010 Masters Week Golf Breakfast was one of those full circle stories of restoration and I am humbled to think that this May 27, 2015 Leslie and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage. Thank you Lord!!!
Lesson #2: Always Share the Good News
Just minutes before walking up front to the 800+ people in attendance, the Senior Pastor of Warren Baptist Church, Dr. David McKinley pulled me aside to pray over me and said, “Scott, go boldly, share your story and share the Gospel, the Good News.” I love that man! There is plenty of bad news in this world and as a Christ-follower we are now the bearer of Good News and we need to step up and share it.
The Lord gave me a calm confidence and it was one of the most emotional messages I have ever been a part of. As I shared about my broken marriage, I look down and there sitting in front of me was Leslie who 13 years earlier was ready to throw in the towel. I don’t know where you are in your life story but allow me to encourage you that God can and will bring you through the trials that life can bring. The Bible verse that aided in our season of healing is found in Proverbs, Chapter 3 verses 5-6.
As I brought my story to a close, the Lord prompted me to close with an invitation of the Gospel and 22 people committed and or re-commiteed their lives to the Lord. To God be the Glory!
This year I will be again attending the Masters Week Golf Breakfast as I have been asked to do a book signing with my new book, “More Than A Game” that was just released on April 3, 2015, Good Friday. I pray that you have a Masters-filled week.