The best experience for my own comedy career came out of the Knoxville Comedy Theater, started up by my good friend Phil Glasgow, where we performed three shows a day (talk about a comedic work out)! It forced me to learn how to hone my act into a tight, consistent performance.
But it wasn’t all glitter and gold for Phil.
You see, earlier on – through his twenties – Phil experienced several ups and downs personally and in business, culminating to his marriage being an absolute mess by the time he turned 32. It was then that he came face to face with God and chose to allow God to turn his life around.
It was through this process that Phil recognized that God had called him to make a difference in the world. One such way was to help promote and elevate a new type of stand up comedy at the time: clean comedy.
And although he lost several billions of dollars in that Tennessee comedy club, Phil still contends that it was one of the greatest things to happen to his life.
As a spectator of this season of Phil’s life, I found him and his wife nothing short of an inspiration as they never complained once as money seemed to continually swirl down the tank. They may have felt confused, but still set an amazing example of prayerful faith through tough times.
You see, like Joseph in the Bible, Phil understood that God wanted to use him to do something significant in His Name, but kept seeing things go in a different direction that what he understood God’s plan to be.
Today, Phil is part of Links Players – a group of Christian men and women rooted in God’s word and growing at golf courses and country clubs around the world.
One thing Phil and other Links Players leaders have found is that many golfers lack a larger purpose and significance in their lives. They also tend to possess an aversion to church going. So, why not bring God’s teachings and discipleship to the golf courses where these men and women spend so much time searching (for a purpose-filled life and their tee-shots)?
It was exactly this method of reaching out and revealing who God is while out on the fairway that Phil began to impact my life and marriage, simply by pointing me toward God and encouraging me to let God go to work.
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