Sunday, October 23, 2011

More on Tim Tebow's Faith

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Tim Tebow starts for the Denver Broncos today. Here’s some insight into his Christian beliefs (from July 7, 2010).

CUMMING, Ga. (BP)--With dozens of kids toting Florida Gator signable footballs or miniature orange football helmets, or decked out in blue jerseys with "15" on the back -- and grown-ups wearing their game-day Gator shirts -- it could have been October in Gainesville, Fla.   

Instead, the site was First Redeemer Church, a sprawling, 4,000-member SBC church in Cumming, Ga., right in the middle of Georgia Bulldog and Georgia Tech country. The draw was Tim Tebow.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound former University of Florida Gator, Heisman Trophy winner and new Denver Bronco quarterback spoke to 4,800 in two packed worship services and at a breakfast on Sunday, July 4 [2010] as part of the church's annual "God and Country Day."

Tebow, who turns 23 in August [2010], was nattily dressed in a pink tie and gray pin-striped suit that failed to hide the bulging left arm that helped lead Florida to two national championships and two SEC championships. But Tebow, a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., didn't come to talk about football.

"I was recently doing an interview with a nationally known sports reporter," Tebow said. "She said, 'Now that you've graduated from college, are going to the NFL, will make a lot of money, everybody will know your name and want your autograph ... because of all that, do you count your life as a success?'  

"I told her, yes, I count my life as successful," Tebow said. "But not because I'm famous or won two national championships or the Heisman or going to the NFL, it's because I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

It's common knowledge that Tebow has spent the offseason altering his southpaw, side-armed throwing motion to gain a quicker release for the NFL, where he knows the linemen, linebackers and defensive backs will be bigger and faster. He'll have to get rid of the football quicker, with a much smaller margin for error.  
While by all accounts, Tebow had a tough but "educational" mini-camp in June in Englewood, Colo., he said in a Baptist Press interview July 4 [2010] he's excited about reporting to camp later this month.

Tebow's daily regimen at the recently concluded mini-camp included days that began at the crack of dawn with weightlifting, running and conditioning. There was a new offensive playbook for the NFL rookie to master, so much of his time was spent in the classroom. Practice followed and Tebow's long day did not end until 7 or 8 p.m. Such is life in the NFL.

Tebow told the First Redeemer crowd that the nationally known sports reporter also asked, "How will you handle the NFL? Some say you'll make it, some say you won't."

"I told her I don't know what the future holds," said Tebow, "but I know who holds the future.
"I've been on a lot of teams with people who are successful in the world's eyes," he said. "They've made a lot of money. They've been first-round picks. They should be extremely happy but they're not because they're missing something. They're missing what's most important -- Jesus Christ."

In 1993, on his knees with his mom, Pam, Tebow accepted Christ when he was only 6 years old. Born in the Philippines, the son of missionary evangelist Bob Tebow, young Tebow was blessed with two Christian role models. Indeed, "Timmy" -- as his parents still call him -- is just blessed to be here. His mother suffered from amoebic dysentery while pregnant and the doctors advised her to have an abortion. She bravely told the doctor "no."

Tebow is especially close to and proud of his dad.

"The examples a dad sets for his sons don't always come from his mouth," Tebow says, "but from what they do. A dad should be the greatest role model in the world for his sons. I learned from just watching my dad -- not what he said but what he did. He believes in making the biggest impact he can in the world for Jesus Christ. That's why I'm so proud of him."

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