Tour Players Devotional

pga_JonathanByrdToday, we’d like to share a quick devotional thought originally presented by Jonathan Byrd at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It’s all about how an understanding of God’s graces frees us from the need to prove ourselves.

Jonathan Byrd is a CGF Board member and Retreat Host. He holds 5 PGA Tour victories and also played as a member of the 1999 U.S. Walker Cup Team. He loves students and knows how much our ministry means to college golfers around the country—because he still remembers how much it meant to him: “I was able to turn to College Golf Fellowship and receive some guidance.”

Here’s what he shared to encourage fellow believers at the tournament.

Scripture: Psalm 103: 8-14

Scripture Reading: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love… He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…He knows our frame and he remembers that we are dust.”

Truth: God is gracious, so we don’t need to prove ourselves.

Thought: I sat in the locker room on Wednesday at the first tournament of the season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and looked at the other lockers which displayed the previous year tournament wins. I began to compare my win to the other players, and suddenly mine didn’t seem to measure up. I wondered, “Am I as good as the other players who are in the tournament? Some have multiple wins and even majors.” I began to fall into the trap that I needed to prove myself. Prove that I deserved to be there, that my win wasn’t just a fluke. Soon the joy I had felt leading up to this prestigious event faded and I was left anxious and stressed. I had embraced a lie! I don’t need to prove myself. God loves me and He saved me in the midst of my sin, out of His gracious work in Christ. This truth freed me up to compete, not bound by any expectations but with joy and freedom to enjoy the success of both my previous year and the love of my Savior.

Reflection: Are you trying to prove yourself today? To someone, to yourself, your family, your co-workers…

Contributor: Jonathan Byrd, PGA Player