Being Bubba; Being Christian

It was exciting watching Bubba Watson win the Masters. The guy bucks convention left and right — has never had a golf coach, plays with a pink driver, and does goofy YouTube videos. “Being Bubba” is just throwing caution to the wind on the golf course and letting your emotions and the tears fly in public.

What I really love about “being Bubba” is what Bubba has as his twitter profile — Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. Owner of General Lee 1. For a guy who obviously loves his wife and newly adopted son, lives for golf, and is nuts about the Dukes of Hazzard, he first lists being “Christian” as “being Bubba.”

What a refreshing breeze Bubba Watson has been these last few days. Someone who a few years back could not contain his temper on the golf course to being someone who publicly professes that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior. Someone who uses his twitter power to spread the faith. In this day and age of high-paid, spoiled athletes, coaches, and media prima donnas doing all the wrong things, it’s exhilarating to hear someone in the limelight openly living as a Christian, not just talking about it. (Note to politicians — talk about being a Christian is cheap. Living as a Christian in love is the real deal.)

You have to wonder what message God may be sending us with Tim, Lin, and now Bubba.  The common theme often buried in the TebowMania, LinSanity, and “Being Bubba” is that sports and fame are simply a means to an end, and have no intrinsic value. What is important is how we live our lives — lives rooted in God and faith. Tim, Lin, and Bubba are not saints but just young men trying to put one foot in front of the other in walking, not just talking, their faith. Like all of us they will certainly stumble along the way but for now they provide a bit of fresh air to the stale news of what’s wrong in the world. May God watch over them and inspire more public figures to come forward as examples of how to live in faith. And may we be inspired by their lead.

I wish you the best of today and blessings for the weekend. May we all walk stronger in our faith.