What a ruckus! Have you heard all the hoopla about the Tim Tebow ad during the upcoming Superbowl? Yes, I thought you had.
Wow, it has set off a firestorm of reactions from groups that oppose Focus on the Family, like the National Organization for Women (don't you love these names?) who do not approve the message of the ad. Surprise, surprise.
Also, there are many parents that are up in arms because their children will be watching the game and are concerned about them seeing the commercial. I guess they have no problem with the very scantily clad women beer commercials that their little Bobby will watch. Hmmm, concerned about societies priorities.
Anyway, I don’t want this blogpost to be about the ad but about raising men of Godly character. And, Time Tebow is a wonderful role model.
He was the first home schooled (woo hoo) athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy (he won it), two-time National Champion Quarterback, recipient of numerous other awards and most of all, Tim Tebow is a real man of God.
He faces constant scrutiny from the media about his “religion” and about his motives for preaching at prisons and doing evangelistic work in the Philippines, but he always backs up the questions with his actions. 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.”
He could have spent his college Spring breaks partying in Florida hooking up with any girl he wanted, after all he is one of the most famous college quarterbacks. Nope, he spent them ministering to orphans in the Philippeans. Oh, and yes he is a virgin. The media asked him this question at a press conference. Um, I am not sure they ask all the football player interviews that question.
Not only is Tim a role model (finally a positive athlete role model), I would say his family sets a great example for raising Godly children as well. If you look closely at the Tebow family, it’s easy to see why Tim seeks to glorify God with his life... It’s because Tim Tebow's mom and dad raised him to fear and love the Lord.
Tim has taken what God has blessed him with and is sharing with others. Not staying in a little box and witnessing only to those that show up in their limited little group or judging people for not being of his faith. He not only stands up for what he believes, he lives it.
As a mother of two young boys, I pray that I stay focused on the prize. I believe everyday we have to concentrate on our boy’s character development and not get so caught up in today that we lose focus of the kind of men we want our boys to be at the age of 20 and 30.
It takes discipline and deliberate effort to build character. With prayer, scripture, and wisdom we can use everyday life to equip our children to make tough choices in an increasingly tough world. It is a daunting task for this mom (and I fail often), but one that I am taking on, for much is as stake.
Watching Little Buckaroo practice his quarterback stance,
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