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From Tragedy to Triumph

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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“I’ve been through a lot. It took a lot of years for me to get over my parents’ death, for sure. It was mentally holding me back for a long time.” – Nate Lashley

In 2004, Nate Lashley was competing in a college golf tournament in Oregon. A junior at the University of Arizona, Nate had high aspirations, not only for this event, but also for his golf career as a whole.

Nate’s parents, Rod and Char, flew out to Oregon to see him play, along with his girlfriend, Leslie. The four exchanged hugs after the final round before Rod, Char and Leslie boarded the Lashley’s private plane for the trip back to Nebraska. Unfortunately, they only made it as far as Wyoming before crashing in a remote area. There were no survivors.

Nate tried his best to recover from the tragedy, but he simply couldn’t get over the triple loss. He gave up the game in 2012, studied for his real estate license and started flipping houses. However, he soon decided to give golf one more try. Joining the relatively obscure Latin American Tour, Lashley spent two years circumnavigating the globe, playing golf in some very remote locations. Finally, he earned his PGA Tour card in 2017.

And then, at age 36, came his first-ever PGA Tour win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. “He's been trending in this direction for sure. I definitely have seen it. I didn't know we'd be standing where we are today, but he's been trending," said caddie Ricky Romano. "It's all attitude with Nate. If he keeps a good attitude and stays positive, he can do wonders in this game for sure.”

It will be interesting to see how Nate’s career progresses from here. His win in Detroit gives him full-exempt status on tour for two years as well as entrance into this month’s Open Championship and next year’s Masters. And I’m sure that the $1.3 million in prize money will come in handy, too.

My friend, have you experienced a set of circumstances – or perhaps a tragedy of your own – that has you poised to give up? Please don’t! Take a life lesson from Nate Lashley and cling tightly to your dreams. God has a special and very unique plan for your life, so keep trusting Him and keep plugging away.

I can’t promise you $1.3 million in prize money or entrance into the 2020 Masters Tournament, but I can promise you eternal rewards if you don’t give up.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in good season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Rev. 21:8

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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