Breaking the Rules

Tiger Woods, the talented, but tortured golfer, has another hurdle to cross in his quest for redemption. This week, he was caught by a television camera spitting on the green during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Apparently, it was a “serious” breach of the Euro Tour code of conduct.

Woods was publicly called out by tour officials and fined an undiscolosed amount.

As the world knows, last year he was wrapped up in a lurid sex scandal that ruined his marriage, rocked his game and tarnished his reputation. He hasn’t been the same since. He vowed to change, promising to “make my behavior more respectful of the game.”

After the spitting incident, to his credit he was penitent about his infraction. He admitted his wrong and vowed to never do it again.

I must admit. I have spit on golf courses. And it doesn’t stop there. I haven’t yielded to merging traffic. I’ve checked out in the Express lane with 11 items. I’ve jaywalked. I’ve detached warning tags under penalty of law. I’ve taken short cuts and broken convention throughout my life. And, for the most part, I’ve gotten away with it.

But the fact of the matter is that as minor as these things seem, flaunting them is not indicative of a heart that wants to do right. Minor infractions can easily lead blurring of the major. I’ve seen the affects of compromise in my life — and it’s not pretty.

A lifetime of simple obedience leads to a discipline that makes it easier to make the tougher choices. Building a solid reputation isn’t constructed out four walls of big events. It’s built board by board, nail by nail. 

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” — Luke 16:10

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8 Responses to Breaking the Rules

  1. Clint says:

    I guess I agree, to a point. Minor stuff is not that important, but what is minor to me might not be minor to someone else.Coca-cola can lead to beer can lead to pot can lead to listening to old Bob Dylan songs.

  2. I am reminded of the parable of the speck and the log that Jesus told. We tend to think of things as "minor" when we do them, but quite large when we catch others in the act.Great post!

  3. David Rupert says:

    Clint….Now THAT is funny stuff.

  4. I like the combination you used with "simple" + "obedience." Sometimes I don't like obedience because I want to do it my way, on my time schedule, and so obedience feels hard, complex even. But simple obedience, small decisions that can make you look like an a– or keep you from looking like one, like spitting on a golf course on international television.If we're cognizant of the little things in life, which can matter in a big way, obedience becomes simple little decisions. I can live with that. 🙂

  5. jodiq says:

    Refreshing writing, simple and clear. I'm subscribing. Your perspective and outlook lift and guide. Thanks David, thanks.

  6. nance marie says:

    there is very much said in the word about the heart.

  7. Well expalined.. Loved your writing!

  8. Donna says:

    Ouch! Did you have to go and step on my toes so early this morning? Thanks for helping me see my own "minor disobedience" for what it

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