Sports Illustrated has placed Tim Tebow on the cover of the current issue with the caption “Man of Many Missions.”
My experiences around Tebow are mixed. My son, Cameron, and I attended the National Championship game in January in Miami. We were both impressed as we watched the teams unload from the bus to enter the stadium. Tebow was extremely pumped up and rallied the gator fans with a gator chomp that caused his tie to go flying off. Later in the game, we watched as he led the Gators to defeat our beloved Oklahoma Sooners for the national title.
A few days prior, I listened to Tebow’s father preach at our church during that time – First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach. I love the passion that the Tebows have for reaching people for Christ.
In the SI article, the writer chronicles a trip that Tebow and others took to a prison in Florida. Tebow preached about Christ and invited men to “finish strong.”
He indicated that this was the motto of the Gators in the weight room, on the practice field and on the game field. This “finish strong” mindset allowed Tebow and the Gators to win the championship in the final quarter of the game against Oklahoma. In fact, Tebow was so pumped at the end that he received a 15 yard penalty for responding to Oklahoma’s Nic Harris with a gator chomp.
Cameron and I had our picture taken prior to the game with Harris’ family.
I was encouraged to watch Harris and Tebow embrace after the game in a nice show of sportsmanship.
Tebow told the prisoners that they may be behind in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd quarters of their life, but that what matters is how they finish.
These words resonate to me and to any others that have failed in life. By God’s grace, it is the finish line ahead that matters. Hebrews 12:2 is translated by some this way, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
So let’s take Tebow’s advice — FINISH STRONG.