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Blinded to Barriers

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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“Great champions don’t see barriers.” – Stewart Cink, 2009 British Open Champion

It’s taken me a few years to forgive Stewart Cink. After all, had he not made a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole, Tom Watson could have clinched that year’s Open Championship with a closing bogey. Instead, his five on the Par 4 put Watson into a three-hole playoff with Cink, and it was Stewart who wound up hoisting the famed claret jug.

Backtrack to Wednesday of that momentous week. On the eve of the opening round, Watson turned to his wife Hilary and said, “Hils, I could win this tournament.”

What would make a 59-year old golfer, who hadn’t won a major in 26 years, think he could outshoot and outscore Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and a host of other golfers in their primes? After all, most of them were young enough to be Watson’s kids… and some of them weren’t even born when he last won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1983.

Cink hit the nail on the head even more accurately than he struck that long birdie putt on 18. “Great champions don’t see barriers”. Instead, they see opportunities.

As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Douglas Everett echoed those sentiments when he wrote, “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

George Bernard Shaw – and later, Robert F. Kennedy – put it this way…

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Do you want to be a great champion in life? Then don’t be afraid to question the status quo. Above all, start dreaming...BIG!

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, tour old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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