"A Champion For Others"

May 26, 2021 | By Chuck

A few weeks ago I began the sermon by using golfer Phil Mickelson as an illustration of one who is a good example. One week later, last Sunday, Phil did two amazing things. First of all, he became the oldest golfer at the age of 50 to win a major championship when he won the PGA championship. That is a huge accomplishment, a milestone moment for golf. I’m sure many were fully anticipating Phil to cave under the pressure and fall prey to the younger players chasing him. But Phil seemed so focused, maybe more focused than ever. His unique focus seemed to fuel his desire and determination to do what few others thought he could.
His laser focus on the golf course makes the second thing he did that day even more special. Phil had just made an incredible birdie on the 5th hole and noticed a young fan in a wheelchair and he gave him his golf ball. The young fan dropped the ball and Phil immediately picked it up and laid it in his lap. Even in the middle of the final round of a major championship that he was leading, Phil took the time to make someone’s day. For just a few seconds and at a critical time, Phil put that young fan’s interest before his own. A good deed, a kind gesture or an act of service for someone else are all things that we should be honored to do. Phil won the championship later that day, but more importantly he showed the world how to be a champion for others.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil.2:3-4).