The world’s #1 top golfer – Tiger Woods has a secret and he has no intentions of revealing it. The world’s first billionaire athlete with a squeaky clean record has been struck with a tornado of wild speculation about his personal life that is tarnishing his image. No matter how hard he tries to quell the storm or silence the speculation or shut down the rumor mill, his image is being affected.
On November 27, 2009 he had an early morning accident (2:30am) in very close proximity to his home, near Orlando, Florida. He was quickly released from the hospital but he has declined to give a statement or an explanation to the police, despite their several attempts to have him explain the circumstances of the accident.
Tiger Woods values his privacy. When he married Elin Nordegren in 2003, they honeymooned in the Caribbean on his yacht ‘Privacy’.
For such a world famous celebrity, he has done an exceptional job of protecting his personal and family privacy. For the most part, all we have ever known of Tiger Woods are the glimpses we get of his professional life when the shutterbugs are clicking their cameras.
Whether Tiger Woods will be successful in protecting the ‘real story’ behind his SUV crash on November 27, 2009 remains to be seen. The most detailed statement he has made yet on the matter is this:
As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.
This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be. (web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200911297726222/news/)
Rather than heartlessly tear Tiger Woods to shreds or mercilessly hound him for whatever mistake(s) he may have made, pray that his marriage and family will be preserved. But don’t stop there.
Think about your own secrets. It’s juicy, gossipy, nosey fun to pry open the doors of privacy of another person’s life but what about the skeletons in your own closet? Do you want everything exposed? Do you want your secrets shared with others? Would you be any more excited than Tiger Woods is about sharing them with the world?
Think about your own secrets from a different angle – a deeper, more serious perspective with far more significant consequences. It is one thing to try and hide your secrets from fellow human beings but have you ever thought of the Almighty God of the universe exposing your deepest and darkest secrets in a coming day? What you have hidden from everyone else, you haven’t hid from God. God has a great deal to say about our secrets.
Have you ever faced what Tiger Woods is facing just now – that you are far from perfect as well? Have you ever claimed full responsibility for the things you have done? Tiger Woods said he is solely responsible for the mess he is in.
Read these verses from the Bible:
Shall not God search this out? for He knoweth the secrets of the heart.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
There is a God in heaven that reveals secrets…”
For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether good or evil.
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?
declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest,
nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
Yes friend, God knows everything about you. He knows more about you than your closest friend knows. He knows every sin you have ever committed in your thought-life and every sinful thought you have put into action physically or verbally. He knows the truth about you. He sees you clearly even when you are hidden with the lights off or when you think you are anonymous. He maintains an accurate and careful record on you personally.
There is good news in all of this: the same Holy One who hates our unholy sins loves us. He has made only one way for every sin to be erased from our personal record. When Jesus died on the Cross He was paying for our sins – every single sin. You can read more about that in your Bible. Because Jesus Christ took the full penalty for your sins, God can offer you complete forgiveness of every sin – yes, every single sin!
If you want to have everything on your life’s record erased from God’s accurate book, tell God you are fully responsible for the sins you have committed. As a helpless and guilty sinner, place your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and you will immediately experience complete forgiveness. Every one of your secrets will be unconditionally removed from God’s records forever.
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”
Tiger Woods’ Personal Photo: web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200911297726222/news/
Tiger Woods’ Yacht: www.usmra.com/photos/Tiger_Woods_Privacy/006.jpg