“Character is who you are. Reputation is who people think you are. People are forsaking character because they want reputation”
I read a story this week about a 24 year old young man named Jason Millard. Most of you probably don’t know him and up until a few days ago even I hadn’t heard of him. However, I hope a few more learn of this young man who is being labeled now as the most honorable man in sports. Jason had qualified for the US Open played last weekend. But on his way to Pinehurst, after discussing it at length with his caddy, Jason pulled off I-40 into an old run down gas station. There he made a call to a USGA Official and disqualified himself for the tournament. He wasn’t sure if he had grounded his club while hitting out of the bunker. Grounding is a two stroke penalty and therefore would have left him out of the Open by one stroke. His conscience, getting the best of him, wouldn’t allow him to proceed with uncertainty. You are welcome to Google the story and read all about it. It is truly an inspiring story and one that will renew your heart to the fact there are still righteous people out there even if we don’t always hear of them.
POINT: Golf is the only sport where the participant is required to judge himself of any infractions that may occur during his competition. Although other golfers can call you on them it is your responsibility to report any penalties. Golfers trained at the professional level have this character trait ingrained in them from a young age. How would life as we know it be different if we instilled this same principle into the hearts of the generations being raised today. Nobody would have ever known but Jason. This could have changed his career and financial future. However, he chose to do the right thing and judge himself. Thank you Yahweh for people who are still willing to do the right thing even when no one is watching!