$1,000.00 worth of love

Last Sunday Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship, one of the four major championships in professional golf. Winning a championship is amazing enough, but how he got to that point is almost beyond belief.
If it weren’t for help, Bradley would not have even been playing. Several years ago, he did not even have the money to compete. A friend gave him $1,000.00 just to continue his attempt to make it to the pros.
In 2010, Bradley fell a few strokes short of making the PGA tour. Then, in 2011 he made the tour. He did not qualify for any of the majors until the PGA Championship. Entering the PGA event, he was ranked 108th.
With only three holes left, he was five shots back. He triple bogeyed the fifteenth hole. The dream of winning was slipping away. Somehow, he made it into a three hole playoff.
And he won.
It is a great story of the underdog. But what strikes me as most amazing is that moment in his life when a friend gave him $1,000.00 to continue to play. I’ll be honest, if I was the friend I might have said, “Look man, maybe it is time to look into something else. Maybe this pro golf thing just isn’t going to happen.”
But he didn’t.
There are two great phrases tucked away at the end of a list of characteristics of love in I Corinthians 13. It says that love “believes all things and hope all things.” It believes the best of others. It hopes for the best for others. Even when things are tough.
This friend of Bradley’s has me wondering if I really believe the best and hope for the best when it comes to my dealings with other people. Sure I say that I believe the best and hope for the best, but there is a difference between saying it and giving $1,000.00 to it.


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