New Man Profile – Mike Whan

Mike Whan

Mike Whan

“I may be the least religious person you’ve ever had speak here.” 

That’s how the dynamic LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan opened his talk to a group of us recently. He had our attention. 

“I used to think nothing was missing in my life,” Mike explains. “I felt like I was a good person. I didn’t cheat. I didn’t lie. I was good to my family. I had my priorities in order. For me, religion was like floss. I only used it when something big was coming up or when something was hurting.” (Mike was the brand manager for Crest while at Proctor & Gamble, so he knows something about flossing.)

Mike was like many people—a normal, successful and decent person with no compelling reason to go looking for a relationship with God. But God came looking for Mike, was knocking on his door.

As Mike tells it, one of His first knocks came through a CEO who was interviewing him for a key position in his company. “He asked me if we could pray before dinner. He thanked the Lord for bringing us together and said ‘we all realize there’s no such thing as coincidence. Mike and I are here for a reason, please show us what that reason is.’” (Mike ended up taking the position.)

Another knock came a few years after the birth of his second son. He and his wife Meg knew something was wrong with the boy’s learning ability, but they didn’t know what it was. “On the way to church one day Meg said to me, ‘let’s just give this to the Lord.’ For me, that translated to, ‘let’s just do nothing.’ But in church that morning I said to the God, ‘I’m out of ideas. If you can give me any, I’ll take them.’  The very next day I received a letter from my parents with an article about autism. My father’s note said, ‘We’ve suspected this for a while, but it’s time for you to know. We think your son might have autism. We’ve been holding this letter for a while but finally had to put it in the mail.’ My first reaction was anger and denial. Then we investigated. Our son turned out not to be autistic, but he did have early learning disabilities which we were able to address.”

The knock which finally got his attention came when Mike and Meg went one Sunday morning to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. As Mike describes it, “Out comes Rick Warren, who I knew nothing about at the time. His first words were ‘I’ll bet there are some in the audience who don’t want to be here.’ I’m thinking, Is he looking at me? Then he said, ‘I’ll bet there are even some who haven’t really given their lives to Jesus Christ.’ I slid down in my seat and thought, Cover me, honey, he’s comn’ in.”

The pieces fell into place: the prayer at the interview, his father’s letter, and now Rick Warren’s challenge. Mike decided that morning to hand the “remote control,” as he calls it, over to Jesus Christ. “I finally realized that trusting God with my life is a little like daily flossing. It’s not only good for you, it also makes you feel better. You can’t ignore God’s knock forever.”

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20)

Steve Silver PR Photo (Smallest)Yours for the journey,

Steve 

Steve Silver—June 11, 2013

 

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