Even if you don’t play golf, you’ve heard of Tiger Woods. His name is an icon for unprecedented success on the links. His name is always in the golfing news whether he wins, loses, plays, or doesn’t play in a tournament. Unlike Tiger, Kirk Triplett won his very first tournament after eleven years on the PGA Tour. Triplett competed in 266 tournaments before finally winning.
Most people would like to take on the world like Tiger Woods and be a winner from the beginning, but reality reminds us there are very few success stories like that of Woods. Kirk Triplett represents a kind of success that must never be forgotten. He stayed on the course, practiced hard, and persevered until the prize was his. There will always be those for whom success seems easy, but chances are you and I aren’t one of those. Perseverance is the trait that will carry us down the narrow path to God. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”