Wasn’t golfer Rory McIlroy’s win at the British Open outstanding! I loved what he said later in an interview. He claims he used two words over and over to spur himself on to victory. He made these ideas his total focus throughout the entire tournament. What are the words? Process and spot.
“Process:” Perform the process he had been trained in, use the swing he’d grooved through countless repetitions.
“Spot” keep his eye on the spot where he wanted the ball to go.
I can’t help but think how applicable these words are to living the Christian life. The process is learning and living by the Word of God. The spot is eyes on Christ.
Not just his golf, Rory’s gracious acceptance speech reflected a man of character. Rory said the thing that meant so much to him was although this was his third win, it was the first time his mom was at the final hole with open arms waiting to hug him.
What a proud mama Ms. McIlroy must be! Aren’t we all proud mamas when the principles we teach are passed on to our children and really absorbed in their lives. I’m not saying the idea to use the mental reminders of "process and spot" came from her. But she certainly passed on to her son determination, perseverance and self-control. Children make moms and dads proud by applying wise principles to daily circumstances like keeping eyes on the goal and working the process. And never giving up.
Rory won by not looking at others who were creeping up on his score wanting to take victory from him. He maintained confidence. Yes problems came, but he kept thinking ahead to what he could do on the par fives coming up, not looking back to the bogies on the previous nine.
Three major tournaments by age twenty-five! Doesn’t that make us all proud of the physical and sports capability of our next generation. May this generation also be outstanding in their spiritual capacity. Here’s to process and spot applied in everyday life, and applied to living the Christian life.
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:14
The book Man in Command: How To Be A Great Husband and Dad coming soon!