Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tim Tebow vs Me

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I have always been envious of those with simple faith.  You know, those that love the Lord so much that it's obvious that every move they make, every breath they take, is an offering to the Glory of the Lord. If I do that, I come off as forced and sanctimonious, and annoy more than witness.

Tim Tebow is a man that witness the right way. Don't get me wrong, he annoys too. I was listening to my favorite sports station, WEEI, and the Dennis & Callahan show, and one of the three is so touchy I would have to say he is seeking the Lord, rather than hating the idea as he professes.  Tim Tebow annoys him for sure.)  Tebow obviously has gifts and talents for athlete endeavour. Every coach he has ever had said he Works Hard, is Easy to Coach, Loves Football, is Good with Teammates and is a Good Athlete. 

Tim Tebow says " I guess, first and foremost, I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." (If you want to know how Tim Tebow sees himself, visit his website.)

His life is a blue print for good witness. Work Hard, Accepts Coaching and Glorifies the Lord.
I noticed that his hard work, ethics, capability and attitude comes before his public witness.  I so often try to glorify the Lord on what I am about to do, rather than what I have already done, as if I am trying to blackmail the Lord into blessing my activity.

Recently, the NE Patriots signed Tim. He has a two year low money, for NFL players, contract, and they can fire him, so who knows if he will every suit up for the Pats.  When Coach Bill was asked why they took him, he gave the type of answer above, all about work ethics. That's what the world sees. Tim Tebow works hard. However, when the owner was asked why the picked up Tim, Mr Craft said that NE Patriots were in need of some spirituality. Wow.

Tim Tebow said, "I guess, first and foremost, I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

I don't envy his paycheck, though I lament my lack of millions, (sometimes hundreds, or even tens) frequently, but I do envy the simplicity of his faith and the power of his witness combined with the peace it brings him. With all my heart I want to bring Glory to the Lord like that. Instead, I bring my broken and conflicted self.

More power to you Mr. Tebow.  Thank you for leading the way.

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