Hello my friends!! Thank you for joining me in another year of Glory of the Goal. I look forward to extending the idea of what it means to be a Christian athlete and the trials and tribulations athletes, including myself, take to keep their faith at a focal point.
The majority of you know of or at least have heard of NFL star Tim Tebow. Also known as The Heisman Trophy winner who went on to become quarterback for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and New England Patriots. He has most recently become an outfielder in the minor league development system for the New York Mets.
He is known for many awards, championships and game-winning plays. But there’s way more to Tebow than just his fame and success. Tebow glorifies God in each play he makes and each pass he completes.
Many of you may have seen him kneel before each game in prayer — which has now become known as “Tebowing.” This has become a well known image to represent Tebow but many of the fans don’t realize the real man of faith behind the “Tebow.” Tebow made a statement in the press saying, “I still honor my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because at the end of the day, that’s what’s important, win or lose. We need to get back to one nation under God and be role models for kids.”
Tebow’s deep Christian faith goes well beyond that of a kneel before a game. He stands firm in his beliefs and is truly an inspiration to all by the man he is off the field and the man he has become on the field.
Tebow publicizes his faith in front of every fan he’s taken the field in front of and every player he’s taken the field beside. Through his demonstration of what it means to be a man of strong faith, he has shown it off to others around the nation. Tebow is known for his outspoken Christian faith.
Despite Tebow’s efforts to publicize the good willed man he is, teammates and fans commonly ask “is he really that good?”. This question is not referring to the player he is but instead his character. For years and years critics of Tebow have tried to prove reasons he isn’t “perfect”. To find a flaw in his faith. To find a lie in his claims. They can’t. Tebow is a man of his word and his word compliments his faith.
God created us to glorify and praise Him in everything we do. For athletes, He’s given us a special ability to participate in something we love each day. Glorifying Him and sharing your faith with whoever you can, separates a man who lives for Christ and a man who believes in Christ. I identify a man who truly lives for God as someone who lives His light through him.
Tebow exemplifies this well by giving that glimpse of his faith before playing. Tebow’s life exemplifies the doubt of his faith from others. He is a man of word and influences others to do the same even in the midst of all his “haters” or “doubters”. I know the feeling of a pre-game mentality where all you can think about is how you’re going to win or how you’re going to make that play. But at the end of the day, you’re playing for something/someone way beyond that. Recognizing this is the step to letting your faith be known and letting God be glorified.
Thanks for another year! And stay tuned to the further unveiling of faith within a variety of athletes, including myself.
~For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.~
And so here it is again…
Make Him the Glory of your goal.