Can you imagine a pro athlete who would knowingly disqualify himself from a full year of competition? I'm thinking of a pro golfer who did just that: J. P. Hayes.

The Q-School is where golfers qualify to play on the PGA tour. In a qualifying round—on only one hole—J. P. unknowingly played a nonapproved ball. A day later, he realized the error. He called an official and turned himself in. That admission disqualified him from a year's PGA earnings.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. J. P. Hayes could have hidden his mistake . . . or blamed the caddy. Instead, though it cost him, he did the right thing. That kind of hard decision, well made, is the high calling of our daily work.

A good name is more desirable than great riches; 
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
                                                                    (Prov. 22:1)

Originally Published: Monday, August 16, 2010

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


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