Friday, November 18, 2011
Someone to look up to
The world we live in today has such a lack of role models for someone like me: a Christian teenager. Most of the time, it seems to me that this world has almost no moral standards. I want someone I can look up to who has strong morals and will stand up for their beliefs, no matter the audience. I have only found a handful of people who fit this criteria, and almost none of them are people on a nationally recognized level. Tim Tebow is one of the few exceptions. He was born to humble beginnings- his parents were missionaries in the Philippines. When his mother found out she was pregnant, her doctor informed her that she would be forced to make the decision of whether to lose her life or abort her baby. Mrs. Tebow chose to defy her doctors suggestion and refused to have an abortion. Through many prayers, she delivered a healthy baby and both of them were fine. When Tim turned three he and his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he grew up. His family purchased a farm, where he and his two brothers did most of the farm work that was necessary. He was brought up being taught the power of hard work.
The thing that has always been front and center in his life, however, is his faith. Tim Tebow is an outspoken Christian who has never shied away from declaring it publicly. When he was at the University of Florida, his practice of kneeling on one knee after every touchdown became a tradition; writing a Biblical reference on his eye black did as well. During the BCS Championship game in his sophomore year, Tebow wrote "John 3:16" on his eye black and the next day, that was one of the most searched terms on google. It was proven especially that day that many, many people were watching Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow's book, Through My Eyes, is a must-read! It gives his life story in detail and gives you a glimpse into the mindset of a dedicated Christian young man who's been thrust onto a national stage. He is definitely someone that young people in my generation should be looking up to. He's proven that he is dedicated to his faith and his goals and will continue to be, no matter what. When a professional football player can say in an interview, that building a hospital in the Philippines is more important to him than playing football, it speaks volumes about his true character. He is using football to make a difference around the world. That inspires me and makes me believe that there really are still people out there that I can look up to.
There's so much more I could say about Tim Tebow, but I won't. I'll leave it at this. I would encourage you, though, to watch him closely; he'll definitely impress, and he's making huge differences in peoples' lives all over the world!
For the record, I am Tim Tebow's #1 fan :) no arguing that with me!
UPDATE: I just found a very, very interesting article about Tim Tebow, and it made me laugh, so I think you'll enjoy it: http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=7250435&type=story.