I remember one week in high school we had a guest speaker come to FCA. He went to the same college that Tiger Woods did. At the time, the speaker was the big man on campus because he was the rising football star, but no one really cared about Tiger because… well, I mean it’s college golf. They’re not selling a lot of college golf swag in Sports Authority.
The speaker said that he scored the winning touchdown in a big game, and everyone was singing his praises. Tiger came up to him somewhere and said, “Hey man I saw you in the game this weekend! That was awesome!” The star arrogantly walked by him and said, “Cool, man,” and didn’t give him a second thought. Years later Tiger Woods went on to win the masters (a few times) and the speaker said that he saw him somewhere and went up to him and said, “Hey Tiger, I saw you on ESPN, that was awesome!” Tiger quickly nodded his head and said, “Cool, man,” and then kept on walking.
The speaker went on to share with us this message: “Be careful how to treat others when you’re on your way up and they’re on their way down.”
That always stuck with me. When I was a hospital valet I saw what it was like to be treated like less because I was parking someone’s car. I know what it’s like to be talked down to and snubbed. My experience changed the way I treated everyone, especially waiters and waitresses. It’s not like I was a jerk before, but it just made me more conscious of what they go through.
We don’t have to talk about the rest of Tiger Woods’ life and the decisions he’s since that moment, but I think that story is something we should always keep in mind. It’s not saying “Be good to people because you never know when they’ll be rich and you’ll wish they were including you in their Christmas gifts list.” It’s just simply a reminder to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
This also isn’t a post to give you the impression that I’m saying, “You better be good to me because I’m about to rise the like Phoenix!” (Although, you never know…) It’s just a quick thought for your Friday. Not a sermon, just a thought.