A Spirit of Freedom - Andrew Yun

When I was 7 years old, I followed my dad out to the golf course and fell in love with the game. It’s probably one of the most difficult sports out there, but I love the challenge of it. By the time I was 11, I knew I wanted to be a professional golfer and that’s been my dream ever since.

 

Then when I was 14, I asked my parents if they would be willing to move from Washington to Arizona so I could have a better climate and tougher competition. Wanting the best for me, they sacrificed their priorities and commitments, and moved our family down to Arizona.

 

This was a huge moment for me. Knowing my parents made this huge sacrifice for me placed a huge burden on my heart. I wanted to perform well to please them and make this move worthwhile.

 

My parents are both very involved in church, so growing up I was too. I thought I knew everything about Christianity, but moving to Arizona really rocked my world. As one of the top juniors in the country when we moved from Washington, I was confident. But after the move and all the changes I faced by switching schools, states, friends and coaches, everything seemed to fall apart.

 

I discovered that I was finding my worth in how I played that day on the golf course. Golf is a humbling game; more times than not, you’re not going to play as well as you’d like. It’s the reality of the sport. When I played poorly, I would become angry toward God. I started questioning Him, “Why are You allowing this to happen?”

 

After two years in Arizona, I went on a church retreat where one of my friends from Washington spoke some much needed truth to me. He said, “Andrew, I didn’t understand why you had to move to Arizona, but I realize God has a greater calling for you. He wants you to know He loves you and He’s going to use you for something really big.”

 

That really clicked for me and I realized that our time here on earth is temporary, and this is so much bigger than golf. Golf is no longer who I am, it’s what I do. Golf is a wonderful game and I need to do the best I can, but in the end, I’m not Andrew, the golfer. I’m Andrew, the son of our Heavenly Father.

 

God gave us a spirit of freedom and love. My parents made the choice to move, not to put a huge burden on me, but because they loved me. Recognizing this, I began to see just a glimpse of how much my Heavenly Father loves me as well. This freed me up to have fun with the game again, and as a result, I started to play better.

 

Today, I encourage you to take some time and reflect on just how much your Heavenly Father loves you.

 

— Andrew Yun, professional golfer