Tebow Time!

“I’m going to pray that the Broncos make it to the Superbowl.”

“Do you really think that God cares who plays in the Superbowl?”

“Well, kind of.”

This exchange took place with my husband while Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos were in the middle of their six-game winning streak this fall.

I decided to start praying for the Broncos to make it to the Superbowl when I heard sports commentators talking about how they didn’t think Tebow was good enough to make it in the NFL—he was a great leader, but not a great quarterback.  They pointed out how he appears fearless in the face of stiff competition, but he doesn’t quarterback like the greats—like John Elway.  He doesn’t have what it takes to make it big, they said.

Now, as a Christian, I appreciate Tebow’s faith and his open proclamation of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.  And yet there’s something else that catches my attention.

Tebow’s authentic.  He’s transparent about who he is… and who he isn’t.  In a culture that touts individuality, while rewarding conformity, I find that commendable.  And it’s a role model our society is in desperate need of—being kind, caring, true to one’s own beliefs and values.

Being authentic is challenging.  There’s pressures on all sides to be someone we’re not—job demands, a potential promotion, connecting with friends, fitting in.  And yet, pretending to be someone I’m not takes a toll on me—on my heart and soul, especially.

Psalms 139 tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  “You created the deepest parts of my being.  You put me together inside my mother’s body.  How you made me is amazing and wonderful.  I praise you for that.  What you have done is wonderful.  I know that very well.” (v. 13, 14)

David even adds, “Your eyes saw my body even before it was formed.” (v. 16)

Before I was born, God knew who I would be, what would be most important to me, and how I would interact with my world.  He designed me as me on purpose.

And He designed you as you on purpose.  And, yes, Tim Tebow, too.

I honor God by living as the person He created me to be.

This is how I see Tim Tebow honoring God most of all.  He’s not out to be John Elway.  He’s out to be Tim Tebow.  And that means his style of quarterbacking is unique to him.  He’s leading from within and I deeply respect that—even if Superbowl XLVI doesn’t happen for him!

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