Two Great Athletes
Yesterday the golf world, sports world and world at large lost a great man. Byron Nelson was the real deal on and off the course. He holds a record in golf that even Tiger will never break - 11 tour victories in a row - and he is responsible for more charitable giving than can be counted. Nelson played golf to make some money to buy a ranch for his family. He accomplished that goal and retired at the age of 34. He loved his family, loved the Lord and loved his neighbor. The word used most to describe him by everyone is "gentleman." Although I didn't know him well, I was honored to meet Mr. Nelson on several occasions and he was always warm, gentle and kind. In short, he was a man of God and a wonderful role model for children of all ages.
This morning I awoke to the news that Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Terrell Owens allegedly made an attempt to take his own life last night. Whether that is true or not, Owens is an incredible athlete, but has had a difficult life. I've never heard anyone use the word "gentleman" to describe him. He is a selfish, selfish man who seems to only look out for himself. He is rich beyond his wildest dreams, but seeks attention in the most unhealthy of ways.
The death of Byron Nelson is sad news, but the way he lived his life is reason to celebrate. The life of Terrell Owens has been overwhelmingly sad and the only things he's had to celebrate are touchdowns. Maybe while Owens is recovering, he could study the life of Byron Nelson and learn something about what it really means to live an abundant life.