Just about everybody in the nation has an opinion about Tim Tebow so I thought I’d weigh in. Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in modern sports. Sure, other NFL Quarterbacks are Christians, such as Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner but nobody else wears their faith on their sleeve quite like Tim Tebow.One of the things that irks people so much about Tebow is that he seems too good to be true. In an age where Presidents, athletes, movie stars, and almost every other famous celebrity is linked to an affair, alcoholism or some other egregious sin, Tebow walks a different road. After all, the guy spent summers doing missionary work in the Philippines while many teenagers were hanging out at the beach.So, why does Tim Tebow get so much hate? Do we really care that this guy is not the “typical” NFL Quarterback? Do his prayers on one knee really irritate us so much? To be honest, I do not think so. I think that it is Tebow’s firm conviction that actually bothers us. In an age where people are afraid of commitments
Tebow shows us a different path. His courage to proclaim his faith on the biggest secular stage is no small feat.I think that when we see his witness we get a bit upset. After all, we are afraid to stand up for Jesus in the lunch room, at work or with our friends at the bar. We compromise our faith in the small areas and wish that everyone else would do the same. We’re so jaded in the modern world that we only wish for heroes to rise up and then be knocked down and put in their place. Who is this man to think that he can be a vocal devout Christian and win in the National Football League? We then attack him and say that he is playing the God card too much and trying to use his faith as a magic wand to win games. It’s like your Catholic high school using the God’s on our side chant at the local football or basketball game.Yet, for Tebow, this isn’t the case. The man’s motto is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” The guy is not the best quarterback in the NFL, and he would be the first to admit it. However, his work ethic is top notch. In addition, he has intangibles that other quarterbacks do not
Most importantly, the man is a leader and an inspiration. He is not the only reason the Broncos are 6-1 under his direction, but he has a great hand in the process. His leadership has the team and the coach believing that this team has a chance to win ball games. As we have seen this year, the power of belief cannot be understated. Tebow knows how to rally the troops to overcome adversity and win when the game is on the line.
So, what should we get from the witness of Tim Tebow? What if we saw his bold faith in an admirable light and sought to bring it into our own lives? What if we believed that God really cared about us and wanted us to succeed? Maybe our vision for life is just too small. God may have big things in store for us, if we would just pray and ask him. I believe people like Tim Tebow are there not for us to look ourselves and say, wow what a horrible person I am, but to inspire us to do great things if we just believe in God.
With that in mind, I encourage you to pray this Advent about God’s vision for your own life. I’d be interested in your comments as I am sure this is a hot topic to discuss.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Bob-W.-e1319488641975.png[/author_image] [author_info]Bob Waruszewski is a 22 year old cradle Catholic from Pittsburgh, PA. He recently graduated from St. Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and economics. Currently he works for a natural gas company in the Pittsburgh area and helps organize Young Adult Ministry events on the side. In his free time he enjoys sports, hiking, reading and chess. His favorite Saint is St. Joseph.[/author_info] [/author]
Bob Waruszewski is a cradle Catholic from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from St. Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. Currently he works in the energy industry in the Pittsburgh and is enjoying life as a married man and father to his one year old daughter. He enjoys hiking, reading a good book and competing on the athletic field.