Tim Tebow and his first homerun of the season
Tim Tebow hit a homer his first night at-bat for the minor leagues last night! Woo-hoo! You go Tim! Tebow, former NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, now plays left field for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies. Columbia went on to win the game last night against Augusta Greenjackets 14-7.
I am not what you would call a HUGE baseball fan. Of course I first heard of Tim Tebow when he was in the NFL. I REALLY hated to see him leave football, but he needed to do what God was calling him to do. Life isn’t perfect – even for an athlete like Tebow. The rest of last night’s opener fell flat for the college football star.
Tim Tebow speaks at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky
I first met Tim Tebow when he came and visited my church, Southeast Christian Church. Dave Stone, our Senior Pastor interviewed him at the Blankenbaker Campus during the preaching portion of the service . Dave and Tim exchanged jokes, talked sports and talked about Jesus for about a half-an-hour. I was so impressed with the down-to-earth manner in which he presented himself. He was the REAL deal! He spoke of his athletic career with professionalism. Tebow also opened up about his not-so-private relationship with Jesus. I walked away that Saturday night inspired and encouraged.
Professional Sports isn’t for the Weak at Heart and Neither is Bipolar
I have bipolar 1 and I am a Christian. That is pretty rare. I can relate to Tim who’s Christian values are rare in sports. Psychiatrists and therapists look at you with a silly look on their faces when you start talking about how God pulled you through another night of a near-suicide in general do not believe that Jesus can be closer than a brother and that He can help you live a normal life.
In his book, Shaken, the sub-title says “Discovering your true identity in the midst of life’s storms”. I have been on a path of discovery all of my life, just like Tim Tebow. From having a mental illness and being an adult child of an alcoholic, I have walked a long road with Jesus at my side helping me to sift through all that life throws at me. I love seeing people in the real world like Tim Tebow who show with their life that, yeah, life is hard. But life’s difficulties are always better walking alongside Jesus.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me your path of discovery that you have been on like Tim Tebow. If you have read his book Shaken or did the Bible study, I would love to hear about that, too.