Jan
15
2012

Why I Think Tim Tebow Is Awesome

Okay, so the Broncos lost last night 45-10 against the Patriots. The race that Tim Tebow ran in his 2nd year out of college was quite amazing. The craze here in Colorado was a joy to follow. Here’s the fun for Christians: watching a godly young man do such an excellent job at his calling while professing his love for Jesus Christ.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t watch the game last night. I was at a speech and debate tournament in Denver with the family. The league that we belong provides an arena of competition for these young people to train in communication skills. I’m so incredibly proud of the teams, many of them alumni from my family’s ministry (Training Minds Ministry), and my own children did quite well.

It’s nice to be reminded, though, that the reward isn’t in the trophy at the end of the day. I know, of course I’d say that, now that the Broncos lost. But you know what? It is a nice reminder that God has bigger plans for us beyond the competition.

That’s what is so great about Tebow. He shows his unfettered love for Jesus without much thought of the trolls that love to ridicule him. I really admire Tebow’s resistance. While there are some that mock God and ridicule Tebow for his faith, there are way more people who love Jesus who think Tebow is awesome.

Here’s what’s convicting: more of us shy away from being proud of our love for Christ. We may express our love in a small groups or in the church pew on Sunday, but we don’t express it openly, unapologetically. We’re the last people on the planet who will paint John 3:16 under our eyes.

Tim Tebow kneels down and publicly thanks Jesus for his successes. He’s genuine. He’s probably enjoying this Sunday thanking God for his successful season and the rest He has provided.

I envy Tebow’s belief. He loves God. Period. Those of us who also love God (and remember, we far outnumber those who ridicule the faith) can’t help but cheer Tebow on. Some of our cheering is because of his quarterback success, but that’s hardly the gist of it. We privately wish for the same faith in our own lives. We walk with God and want to be just as open as Tebow, just as confident and sure. We want to share the light in our lives with others.

That’s why I think Tim Tebow’s awesome.

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • Sheila

    Hi Chris,
    Being from England I don’t know who Tim Tebow is so I shall have to read up on him. He sounds like an inspiring person.
    You are right when you say it is not always easy to be open about following Jesus. It is easy when we are amongst fellow believers but not so with those who don’t share our beliefs.
    I certainly need to pray for more boldness in this area. 

  • Leaflink

    Matthew 6:5-6…

    “When
    you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on
    street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell
    you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But
    when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray
    to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will
    reward you.

  • Carla

    I have more admiration for those who practice their faith in obscurity, without the applause of thousands. I also have more admiration for those who  help the poor or sick in the name of Christ.

    • CC

      Tim does do some philanthropic work, but it would be far more admirable if he did it anonymously, instead of seeking public praise and adulation.

      • Katie

        Hmmm… I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Mr. Tebow “seeking public praise and adulation”, but rather being the focus of a media scrutiny that seeks to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

    • Katie

      Genuine questions – Could you tell me how practicing faith in obscurity helps to spread the gospel?  Should Billy Graham have not held his crusades?  Or is that different because he is a preacher and Tim Tebow is not?

  • CC

    Since when is playing football a “calling”? Just because he is good at throwing and passing, dosn’t make it a calling. Is he curing cancer?

    • Katie

      Isn’t that “thing” that God has called you to, your calling?  Is everyone called to cure cancer?

      1 Corinthians 12 tells us that God, through His Spirit, has given each one of us different gifts as He sees fit.  No matter our gifts or calling, we are all part of the body of Christ and equally important in fulling the work He has given us each to do.

    • Brooke

      Um, Tim’s “calling” is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ !! He is fulfilling his calling THROUGH God’s talent given to him. He himself has said he’s not in football for fame or money but to “make a difference in people’s lives”. He is a wonderful young man ( whom my husband knew as a child ) from a wonderful GODLY family ! Maybe if we all put the same effort into praying for him as we do criticizing him…..hmm, imagine what more can be done for the kingdom as a body of Christ !!

      “What’s your calling” ? Whether it be preaching the Gospel, playing a sport, protecting our communities as a public servant, wiping children’s buns and noses all day, teaching youth in schools or being a garbage man……..we should all do unto the glory of God !!

      • Darla

        If he was not in football for the money, he’d be giving away his salary to worthy causes.
         

        • T. Gates

          How do you know he’s not?

  • Pam

    Well, Jesus practiced his faith in obscurity, AND amidst the thousands. He didn’t do everything anonymously. He also didn’t get much applause for his faith, or do it for admiration, but he certainly had followers. Do the commenters know if Tebow practices his faith for admiration of people and never helps the poor or sick? Just wondering.

    • Marie

      And Tebow acknowledges that he has been given a platform and he wants to take advantage of his opportunities.  Not everyone can get a Bible verse to be the highest googled search, and if you can, use your platform!

  • Cindee Fox

    Some people happen to live their lives in the public eye.  I see no problem with living out your faith where ever you are whether you are noticed by others, like Time Tebow, or in relative obscurity, like me.  If people in the public eye chose to hide their faith they would be wasting a valuable opportunity.  WHATEVER you do, in word or deed, do all to the glory of God.  Throwing a football, wiping a toddler’s nose, handing out sandwiches to the homeless… whatever. 

  • Marie

    Stephen had texted me from New York City asking if I’d seen the “focus commercial”.  I, too, was coming home from a speech and debate tournament :), so I didn’t.  I’m so glad you posted this here!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Very cool, Marie. How did Stephen do?

  • Marie

    And Chris,  I thought some of your commenters might like this story in ESPN yesterday.  
    http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7455943/believing-tim-tebow

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Wow. That article was awesome! 
      Now I think Tebow is SUPER awesome.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BZXHT7XDXDDSOBCWGPTUGYGV5Q Elizabeth

      I don’t follow football although my sons have been talking about Tebow. I’m of the opinion that NFL players are paid way too much money for playing a game. But I really enjoyed this article. If all professional athletes followed Tebow’s example we’d be a better  country. He certainly seems very sincere and I hope further football success doesn’t ruin that.

    • jenny

      Maybe Carl should read that article……………………

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    I don’t question the faith of Tim Tebow for publicly praising Jesus.
    I do question the faith of those who want to criticize him for it.

    • CC

      Be careful not to make an idol of this young man.

      Remember, you have never met him. You really know nothing about him, except what the media tells you.

      Truly godly young men are out there, working with the poor, the disadvantaged, the sick. They are studying to be doctors and ministers and teachers. They are not playing games.

      • T. Gates

        TRUE men of God serve Him wherever they are planted.  Tim happens to be planted in pro football.  It’s a much needed place for Christians such as Tim to be spreading God’s light.  The Bible says to go unto ALL of the world and spread the News!

        • Carl

          I can’t see how he is helping anyone by playing football. A healthy, smart young man could be doing so much more.

          • T. Gates

            And what do you do for God, Carl? 

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    Yep, exactly. And I’d say Tebow does this quite well.

  • Brooke

    Tim is a wonderful, GODLY young man. His family attended the church my husband grew up in ( which we attend currently ) and my husband knows his parents……my husband says their home radiates Jesus, ministry and love. He is a product of a Daddy and Mommy who chose to home educate their children !!! Look into his story about when he was in his mother’s womb. His parent’s were overseas doing missions and his mother became ill. She was told to abort Tim and was also told she would “lose” Tim several times throughout her pregnancy. She gave her precious blessing over to God !! She and Tim’s father ( Bob ) prayed to Jesus for their unborn baby’s life…….if God blessed them with a son, they would name him Timothy ( which by the way means “honoring God” ) and he would be a preacher. WOW !!! How I pray for faith like that of the Tebow’s !!
    I am so thankful for Tim Tebow and that he is using the sports platform to publicly share Jesus Christ !! May I use the platform God has given me ( as a full time Mommy, Wife and Home Educator ) to share Jesus just as boldly.

    • Carl

      Have you ever met him, or is all this secondhand?

  • T. Gates

    As the saying goes, “Bloom where you’re planted”.  My preacher’s sermon this morning was on not being ashamed to share Jesus with others and challenged us to do it more and more!  Tim is a fine example of sharing Jesus everywhere knowing that there will be adversity because of it!

    • Carl

      Adversity? What in the world do you mean? I can’t think of anyone who has experienced LESS adversity. Is he being hounded for his religion? Is his home being burnt down? Did he lose his job?

      I don’t think you know the meaning of the word “adversity”. Reading a few critical blog comments is hardly adversity (assuming he reads here, which I doubt).

  • Halfpint7698

    I have to say that while my dh and I were cheering on the Pats (we’re in Massachusetts), I was ecstatic to see a Focus on the Family ad with all those beautiful children proclaming the Lord’s love and the sacrifice of his only son. Tim Tebow is a wonderful torch-bearer and I hope that those us that are more reserved (myself included) can take something from his boldness, Jesus was no shrinking violet, so that begs the question “what’s my excuse?”.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Exactly! Very well said.

  • Lisa

    I usually can’t stand the way you come across, although I do agree with you on some of your posts. I must say, though, that this is a great post.

    And if you’re going to ask why I’m usually put off by you, it’s your online persona – smug and condescending.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Thanks, I think?