Saturday, January 14, 2012

I Believe in Tim Tebow

I am not a bandwagon Tebow fan. I have actually been a fan since he was a Florida Gator as a matter of fact.

How can you not love a guy who takes a stand like this?!

Did you know that when he wore the John 3:16 eye black during a game, there were 94 million Google searches for John 3:16 that day.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. {John 3:16}

That means at least 94 million people heard the gospel message because 1 person took a stand. This does not include the who knows how many people that looked it up in their know, old school style.

The NFL has since banned messages in eye black. But I think Tebow got his point across that day.

And what about this?

More than 21 years ago, Pam and her husband, Bob, were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in a contaminated food or drink. She entered into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant. Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted.

The doctors "didn't think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue," Pam said.

While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband, "If you will give us a son, we'll name him 'Timothy,' and we'll make him a preacher."

Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and, eventually, gave birth to a health baby boy August 14, 1987.

Pam's youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father's ministry in the Philippines .

He also plays football. Pam's son is Tim Tebow.

Is this not inspiring? I heard this story years ago from my pastor and of course I love it. If you have been around here long, you know that we went through a similar situation with Little A and also chose not to terminate the pregnancy, obviously. Little A was born a perfectly healthy baby and is now a full of life 5 year old that I believe God has great plans for...the next Tim Tebow, maybe? ;)

And of course I love the fact that Tim is a Missionary's Kid {MK}, which makes him a great role model for my boys in so many ways, who are pastor's kids themselves. I just love how he strives to give God the glory in everything he does, keeping a healthy perspective regarding his abilities...confident in who he is, yet knowing his talents are God-given, to be used for his glory.

But perhaps the biggest reason I am a fan of Tim Tebow is his work ethic. I don't care what the "experts" say about his arm, throwing style, etc. Bottom line is...he gets the job done...he wins games.

According to Peter King from Sports Illustrated |, Tim Tebow had a poster growing up that read: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." 

And I believe it. I am a living testimony of it. And I have to agree with some of the atheists' points in this article, particularly in this statement:

According to this line of reasoning, however, Tebow deserves more credit, not less. Silverman argues that the religious talk from and around Tebow is not only taking away from the performance of his Denver Broncos teammates, but also the quarterback's own ability. From this perspective, the way Tebow has won games this season -- through miraculous and seemingly predestined comebacks; what Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo called "some divine intervention associated with what's taking place" -- undermines the true worth of Tebow the person.

Now, do I think that Tebow is brainwashing himself into believing that he is not doing it, but that God is doing it through him? Of course not. And would I go so far as to say that it is undermining his worth as a person or taking away from his team? No way.

Tebow would be the first to tell you that this is not true. Because he understands that his identity is in Christ and that it takes an entire team to win a game.

But I do believe that these famous athletes were correct when they stated the following...

The harder I work, the luckier I get. {Gary Player}

I've always believed if you put in the work the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results. {Michael Jordan}

So let's give Tebow some credit. Quit saying he is some non-quarterback who is getting lucky through divine intervention. That is a bit ridiculous. 

On the contrary, he is a hard-working athlete who understands that hardwork pays off.

And honestly, as an athlete, it takes both. You can't just expect miracles to happen without putting in the effort. But when miracles do happen, you must have a clear understanding that without God it would not have been possible. 

There is a healthy balance required. And Tim Tebow has found it.

Is God controlling the outcome of the Broncos games? That's not really for me to say.

Does God really care about football? Absolutely. Because he cares about athletes.

And God is without a doubt bringing glory to his name through Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

You know why? Because Tebow is allowing God to work through him.

And like I say regarding any high-profile Christian, we must be on our knees in prayer for him because the devil likes to attack what it good...those who are making a difference for the Kingdom of God.

What do you say, will you join me in praying for Tim Tebow and his platform?

And whether or not you are a Tebow fan, you must read this ESPN article entitled, "I Believe in Tim Tebow." Of the many Tebow articles invading the Internet, it is the best that I have found.

I'm a 100 percent believer. Not in his arm. Not in his skills. I believe in his heart, his there-will-definitely-be-a-pony-under-the-tree optimism, the way his love pours into people, right up to their eyeballs, until they believe they can master the hopeless comeback, too.

I could not have said it better myself. The world does not understand Tebow's life, but when you are saved by the blood of Jesus your life should look drastically different than that of the world. I have no doubt that he is sincere and that his motives are pure.

And with that I have to say, Go Broncos!

Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as if working for the Lord and not men. {Colossians 3:23}

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