Football and faith

I’m not a big sports fan though I do enjoy watching my hometown Ravens and Orioles. So why am I now writing about the Denver Broncos? It all comes down to faith.

“First of all, thank you Lord.” That’s what I heard when I turned on the TV this morning.  Tim Tebow spreads faith through footballBecause I live with a husband and son who are avid football fans, I’ve managed to hear quite a bit about Tim Tebow over the last couple of months. We were in Denver (searching the radio band for the Ravens game) when Tebow lead his team to victory over Kansas City in a game in which he completed only two passes.  Sports commentators talked about him nonstop for weeks. In one discussion I heard the panel of sports experts ask “are you a believer?”– meaning – do you believe this quarterback who can’t seem to throw a pass can lead his team to victory?

Well many are believers now after last night’s win over the Steelers. And I think that’s because Tebow is a believer–not in himself, but in God.  When I first started hearing about this quarterback, sportscasters and other players weren’t quite sure how he was doing it, but it was clear that Tebow inspired his team to win.  Now  I’m sure his faith has a lot to do with it.

I saw bits of last night’s game and several times I saw him kneel after a big play. I hoped he was praying, but I wasn’t sure. Then this morning, I heard the start of a press conference and the first words out of his mouth gave thanks to God for the achievements that all the reporters were asking about.

Now I’m a believer – not only in the Lord but also in a professional sports figure who has kept his perspective and can publicly give glory where it is due. You don’t get to be a quarterback in the NFL without having been an outstanding athlete for years beforehand. Players who are that good hear about it all their lives and they can usually see that they are more talented than the other players in their peewee league, high school and college teams. It would be hard not to believe it when everyone tells you how good you are.

But Tebow has resisted that flattery and instead remembered that it is God who is good, God who is great, and God who deserves the praise.

I’m a believer – because he is.

 

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5 Responses to “Football and faith”

  1. Robin Bayne says:

    Nice thoughts, Kate. I love Tebow–how refreshing to hear good, wholesome stuff about a celebrity. I believe, because “He Is.” Happy New Year!

    • Kate says:

      Thanks Robin. And thanks for your perserverence with the captcha problems. I hate that I have to use that thing but I was getting an insane amount of spam.

  2. I pray for this man every time I see him on TV. He has the world watching him and his faith. Many waiting for him to stumble. Pressures must be huge! But God is bigger. Still, he needs our prayer for his ministry … because it truly is one!!!

    • Kate says:

      You’re right – it is a ministry. I told my son I’d blogged about Tebow and he said “you mean you didn’t know?” So his message is reaching people – it just me a little longer than most to get it, I guess!

  3. Kate Dolan says:

    It was really uplifting to hear the Ravens’ own Ray Lewis say “God doesn’t make mistakes” after the disappointing loss in the championship game. No blame, just a reminder that they got as far as they did by working as a team and they need to continue as a team