For the majority of my life the first full week of April is sacred. Growing up in Augusta, the first full week of April is Masters Week. 1987 was the first year that my parents took me the practice rounds at the Augusta National Golf Course. From then on it wasn't spring unless I walked onto that Golf Course. Since then I have only missed 3 Masters that I did attend or work at least one day of the Masters Practice Round or Golf Tournament. There is just something about walking on the grounds of Augusta and hearing the Master's theme song on CBS on Sunday afternoon while watching the Sunday Leader board, seeing Magnolia Lane, seeing the vendors and scalpers lined down Washington Road. The thought of Masters weeks brings back memories of friends, family, and seeing some great golf.
It also reminds me of Easter Sunday. Easter Sundays either at the beginning of Masters week or the end. It reminds me of going down to Sunrise service downtown at the River Walk. It was always a great morning of multi-denominations coming together to worship our risen Lord.
Last night I was channel surfing and saw a commercial on the Golf Channel for Masters Week Highlights and I remembered one year that someone made said during the service that it was the Master's week...not Masters Week. This year, this week...it seems to be Tiger week. The Media from ESPN to TMZ is in Augusta this week setup ready for the return of Tiger after his multiple affairs and rehab. It is going to be a circus.
Yet Easter was yesterday...the greatest miracle, the most important aspect of why we are Christians...and it was just a small footnote to newspapers and news. It was very interesting to see the tweet # for Easter, but as the day went on...the fewer they got. Fox News Channel and the History Channel had several good stories and spotlighted the Christian faith, but it is nothing compared to the attention Tiger is getting. Tiger plays golf, sells NIKE and other things, but did not raise from the dead. If he ends up winning another Green Jacket this week...some might say that he raised his career back from the dead, but really????
So my main point to this rant and blog is...how will you live this week? Will you keep the Good News to yourself about what you heard yesterday at your Easter service? Or will you become part of the Tiger Hype and talk more about Tiger than the Resurrection this week? Being from Augusta, Masters Week will always bring that special to me. But my challenge to you is will you make every week our Master's Week and tell everyone about our Risen Lord?