‘Every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you simply and directly that I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behaviour I engaged in. I have let you down personally and professionally. For all I have done, I am so sorry.’ ~Tiger Woods from his public apology yesterday
The apology of Tiger Woods has met with mixed reaction. Some say it was too well rehearsed and that he was merely reading a well prepared script as part of a professional PR exercise. Others say it was sincere, honest, contrite, how he admitted his failings and blames no one but himself. If there was a winner yesterday it had to be Tiger Woods himself. Everyone knows he is an immensely private person; whose multiple affairs ensured his character fall was spectacular. He has now openly admitted his mistakes, wants to build the pieces of his life back together with his family, wants to get his priorities and values back on track and just wants to make a new and fresh start with his life. Forgiveness is not a popular word today. It’s central to the Gospel message mainly because it frees us and allows healing to happen. What areas of my life need to be forgiven and allow healing to begin?