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Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Nathaniel

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Ti-Vo-ing some Tebow?

Lights bright enough to liquefy a 10lb block of cheddar cheese, emotions riding o n the backs of thousands of fans who gathered in Denver, and eyebrows raised high enough to pressure hairlines are just a few of the characterizations to describe this larger-than-life occasion in football history.  As tension began to build faster than a new Chic-Fil-A location, the Denver Broncos and Pittsburg Steelers entered overtime, with a score of 23-23.  In an epic game on Sunday, January 08, 2012, Tim-Tebow-mania, rose to a new height, as the Denver Bronco quarterback threw an electric 80 yard pass to Demaryius Thomas that led the Broncos to a 29-23 victory over the Steelers in just 11 seconds.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with football or football jargon, we want to switch gears and focus on Mr. Tebow.  Not too familiar with Tim Tebow yet? Give it some time- now that we mentioned his name, you’ll start to hear it everywhere!  24-year old Tim Tebow, was born in the Philippines to parents who were serving as Baptist missionaries in Makati City.  During his birth, there were many complications due to a placental abruption and doctors recommended that his mother abort him.  His mother decided against it and in doing so risked her own life to give birth to her son.  By God’s grace, although quite malnourished, Tim survived.  During his early years he developed a passion for football and ran with it, leading him to become the first ever sophomore to win the Heisman trophy at the University of Florida, earn the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s best quarterback, and become a first round NFL draft pick in 2010.

What’s more impressive than Tim’s accomplishments on the field is what motivates and fuels him, both on and off the field.  Tim has made it a point to be vocal about his faith at every stage of his career and attributes his purpose to something bigger than just him. Check out this video on YouTube so you can see what we’re talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQR1l_M7q9Q. It’s so uncommon today to hear anyone in a position of leadership confess their faith in a way that doesn’t intentionally hurt others.  Tim has not only confessed his faith, but in an interview mentioned how he is saving himself for marriage.  Many people are questioning why a famous, handsome, 24-year old guy who could get practically any girl would wait for marriage but Tim believes that God has other plans for him.

God using Tim Tebow for a greater purpose goes to show that God’s power has no bounds.  Often times, people are reluctant to look at arts, sports, and culture as a realm where does God exist or can exist.  We subconsciously put limits on God’s power and His dynamic ability to influence and work in areas where we think he is absent. It’s easy to think that we have to have to have “Jesus-Loves-You-&-You-Know-It” bumper stickers plastered to our car and have a bible super-glued to our forehead to “convince” or “persuade” others to give their lives to Christ.  But what we fail to recognize is that we are a living reflection of what we believe so our actions and voice need to coalesce in a way that reflects that.  Tebow’s actions and his pledge to stay pure until marriage are ministering to the young and old.

What purpose has God called you to achieve? The passions and desires that he has infused you with are not a mistake.  There is an area where he has called you to- so your light can shine brightly and steer others out the darkness.  Let’s keep Mr. Tebow in prayer because the more his faith grows and the more people who come to know about it, the more people will try to not only judge his “Christian-ness” and who they “think” a Christian is, but also break him down.  At the end of the day, it is important to recognize Mr. Tebow as the vessel and that he is connected to something much bigger than you or I can see.

Luke 12:8 “And I assure you of this: If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I, the Son of Man, will openly acknowledge that person in the presence of God’s angels.”

 

 

-Nathaniel Simons

Co-Founding Encourager of Being Encouraged

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