Have you Tebowed today?
For those of you who spent the past few months employed as hermits or exploring deep space, “Tebowing” is defined by the folks at tebowing.com as “getting down on a knee and praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”
Tim Tebow’s prayful celebrations, knack for winning football games in near-miraculous fashion and humble, selfless demeanor have catapulted the Denver Broncos quarterback into the upper-echelon of our celebrity-crazed culture.
Is Tim Tebow popular? Famous?
Look at it this way, if you could buy shares of Tim Tebow, all of our country’s financial woes would be solved faster than you could say … well, Tebow.
If he were old enough, Tebow probably could jump into the presidential race right now and break records for scoring the most electoral points. Why not? His approval ratings are already through the roof.
At some point in the past few weeks he officially became bigger than Bono. The Kardashians wish they received as much media attention as Tebow.
It is impossible to turn on ESPN, C-Span, Animal Planet, the History Channel, Lifetime or the Cartoon Network and not be bombarded by Tim Tebow.
Go ahead, see if I’m wrong. Flip on your TV. I’ll wait until you’re done surfing. …
See … told you.
If all of this media overkill gave Tebow a Rocky Mountain-sized ego, would anyone be surprised? But what’s refreshing about Tebow is that he dodges praise like he evades bullish defensive linemen and angry linebackers. He handles both wins and losses with grace and gives his scant free time to the sick and dying while others would be basking in the spotlight. “I” and “Me” were torn from his dictionary.
Tebow defies convention.
Quarterbacks who throw as many incompletions as completions aren’t supposed to win NFL games.
Third-string athletes don’t become starters and overnight sensations.
Big-time professional athletes don’t display a dichotomy of fiery competiveness and gentle humbleness.
Pro jocks don’t sing praise songs while warming up for a big game.
Is Tebow too good to be true?
Not if you believe in the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ or the gifts of the Holy Spirit. After all, Tebow is only following the example Christ gave us all.
Jesus said in John 15:5-8, “‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.’”
God has placed Tebow on an incredible platform, not only to provide a powerful witness for Jesus Christ, but also to offer a potent illustration to the flock of how to be spiritually fearless in the face of an ever-scrutinizing secular world.
What if we added some Tebowing to our Christian example?
What if we prayed without fear at our work cubicles? The mall? The restaurant?
What if we wore our faith on our sleeves the way Tebow wears his on his jersey?
What if we sang praise songs while in line at the grocery store?
What if we sacrificed some of our free time to help others in need?
What if we nurtured and used our spiritual gifts like Tebow has?
What if we tore the words “I and “me” from our dictionaries?
What if we put God’s Word on the tips of our tongues like Tebow puts it on his eye black?
What if we fearfully shared our faith with others?
What would our world look like?
Tim Tebow would be the first person to tell you that he is a sinner along with the rest of us, and that he is only doing what the Bible commands us to do. But the world has taken keen notice.
Will they take notice of us, too?
So, have you Tebowed today?