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Weathering The Masters

When I resort to writing about the weather, you are probably thinking I need some time off. In my defense, we have experienced some bizarre climate changes in the past few weeks.

Everyone familiar with the south knows that the lack of a gradual seasonal change unmistakably marks the fact that you are below the Mason-Dixon Line. It'll be cold one day and warm the next; welcome to spring.

But this year has been very different. It was cool one day, summer-like the next and downright icy the day after. As if the frequent harsh changes were not enough, the pollen has been just about as bad as I've ever seen it.

I'm tired of wearing the wrong seasonal clothes because I can't keep up with the forecast. Short sleeves, long sleeves, I never know which one will work until I leave the house. All that adds up to a sinus headache and a sneezing fit every so often.

I've gotten to the point that I really don't care whether it's hot or cold. I just wish the weather would decide to be one way or the other. This switching back and forth is making me sick, literally.

In the midst of the climate changes, The Masters tournament ended on a cool note, in more ways than one. Not only was it chilly outside for the last two days, but the winner was pretty cool, too.

Zach Johnson's win had many people letting out a collective, "Who?" I had heard of him before, though. He was one of the few who played well for the U.S. Ryder Cup team this past year.

That's more than anyone can say for Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, two of the most heralded players in the world.

The best part of Johnson's win was that he felt it was special for a Christian to win on Easter Sunday. And he didn't mind telling the world that it was Jesus who helped him get through the tournament just like He does every day.

Too many times athletes, actors and musicians will credit a vague "god" during their acceptance speeches, then leave for alcohol, drug and profanity-filled party. Not the best of messages to be sending to an unbelieving world.

Zach seems like he has his head on straight. He had to be relying not on his own strength through the years because he wasn't even the best golfer on his high school team.

Now he will always be a Masters Champion. His place is cemented in history no matter what he does from here on. But with his faith in the right place, he'll do just fine.

Web posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007

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