Posts Tagged ‘Tim Tebow’

This guy has some great things to say on trying, the naysayers and more.

in case you ever wonder how you can honor God, you do the best you an with what you have. Tim Tebow is a prime example of this. He gets national television and what does he do?

Well this.

You may not have that kind of platform. I don’t either, but what can you do with what you have been given.

Honor God with whatever you get.

One of the highlights of my year every year is working with the Haven Camp at Delta Lake Bible Conference in Rome, New York. Haven Camp is a camp for adults with special needs and it is fun and encouraging and I usually come away feeling like I got more out of it than I put into it. These people are such a blessing.

Early in my relationship with Delta Lake, I learned of an event they do annually called A Night to Shine. This is basically a prom for the same folks served by Haven Camp. A Night to Shine was created by the Tim Tebow Foundation and happens internationally and it looks fantastic. The photos posted are just amazing pictures of joy. It strikes me that we in the church could do a whole lot of good if we focused more on being bringers of joy. Think about it, we are a blessed people and we are blessed to be a blessing.

How have you been blessed? How can you use those blessings to help someone else? Yesterday I saw a video on social media of Tim Tebow. It appears that he was on a whirlwind tour, traveling all over the world and showing up at A Night to Shine events where he could and surprising the guests. I can’t help but be impressed. Here’s a young man who was really blessed athletically and though he only had one full season in the pros, he has made that really count, using the notoriety and resources he has received to be a blessing to others. As I thought about this event over the night, I began to wonder why he wasn’t blessed with a longer career. After all he has proven that he will do good with what he has received, but then it struck me. Regardless of what he has (and God continues to bless him in other ways), he is determined to do good with it and that can be an example to us all.

What can you do with what you have been given?

Sunday night I got a real blessing. I started to see rumors on social media that Tim Tebow was going to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. I was overjoyed. You see the Eagles fell out of favor with me years ago when they left Reggie White get away. I became a Packers fan at that point and remain one to this day. With the signing of Tebow, the Eagles are back on my good list. You might be wondering what any of this has to do with the topic of this blog, i.e. creative ministry… Only everything.

You see a friend of mine asked all his youth ministry and pastor followers if they would be using some sort of Tebow story as an illustration in their ministries. It is a great story, stand out college player goes pro, comes off the bench to lead his team to the playoffs, gets released in favor of one of the best of all time, gets bounced around, released, ends up becoming an analyst of the game but doesn’t give up on his dream and returns after two years to the pros. It’s a great story, a story of perseverance, but it’s not the real story.

If I were in the pulpit, I might share a Tim Tebow story but it would not be the NFL story. While I hope and pray God gives him favor and great victories in Philadelphia, that story has not yet been written (Though for his detractors I will point out, he led the Broncos just as far as an already Hall of Fame certified Peyton Manning did in his first year with the team). Here’s the real story. This is a young man, let’s not forget he’s only 27 years old. He’s been an outspoken representative of his faith from the time he hit the national spotlight in college. He’s take heat for that faith and never wavered. Lest we forget we start college as teenagers. But it gets better, through the ups and downs of his pro career, under a microscope, I might add, he stood firm. I mean come on, they call dropping to one knee in prayer “Tebowing.” How many prayer positions are named after you? Just sayin’.

tebowhospitalBeyond that this young man has used his fame and notoriety to do some real good in this world. At 27 he has already built a hospital in the Phillipines through CURE International, for goodness sake, and everyone knows why, because this young man regularly gives glory to God. And that is what all of us can take away. That’s the real story.

Tim Tebow wanted to be an NFL quarterback and even when that dream didn’t seem to be working out, he used what he was given to the glory of God. That is something we can all do. We can all be faithful with we have been given, make the most of every opportunity, wherever we are at, and live to the glory of God.

So Mr. Tebow, welcome to Philadelphia. I hope you do amazing things here on and off the field. To the rest of us, pray for this young man. God has given him a big platform and that sometimes makes us big targets. I can’t wait to see what God will do.

Okay I’m pretty sure Gene Simmons and I won’t agree on a lot of issues, and this has very little to do with the normal topic of this site but I do agree with him on Tim Tebow.  I don’t know that Tebow should join The Kiss Team but Simmons is 1,000,000 percent right on this young man. I kind of get that Denver replaced him with a legend, though that legend took the team no further than Tebow did the year before.

Jesus prepared us for this kind of treatment but that still doesn’t make this kind of treatment right.

Thanks Gene Simmons. This year my three favorite teams are any team playing the Broncos, Patriots and especially the Jets.