I guess it’s about time that I talk about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. You already know that I am a big sports fan, football fan, and Tim Tebow fan — not as big a fan as my long-time assistant, Sue McFadden, but I don’t know if anyone could be a bigger Bronco or Tebow fan than she is. It makes me genuinely smile to watch her enthusiasm.
Yesterday, Tebow did it again — although, if you listen to him in interviews, he is the first to recognize his fellow teammates, coaches, and even the fans. Tebow and his team pulled out another fourth quarter miracle to tie their game against the Chicago Bears with a last-second 59-yard field goal, and then they forced a fumble and managed to win the game on a 51-yard field goal in overtime. That victory means Tebow has a 7 – 1 record as a starting quarterback this year, and has led his team back to a win in the fourth quarter or overtime five times during that streak. All of the sports anchors and analysts keep asking, “How does he do it?”
If you sat down privately with Tebow, I believe he would tell you that it is not because of anything he is able to do better than anyone else. In fact, I don’t believe he would take any of the credit. Instead, he would tell you that all he wants to do is glorify his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That’s where he feels the credit belongs. And I have a feeling that you might answer the same way. I believe you know that the credit for all of your successes and your ability to handle the defeats belongs to Christ working in your life.
I remember hearing a phrase years ago by an aging gospel singer — “Just remember, God don’t make no junk!” It was in reference to a person feeling down on himself. The feeling of worthlessness can come and go, as can the feeling of great joy, especially during the holidays. But, if we’re not careful, we will minimize God’s creation and His investment in our lives and ministry.
I want you to take a few moments and just give God thanks for who you are — thank Him for your talent, your personality, your voice, your mind, your ability to learn and project your thoughts into sermons. Thank Him for those moments when He gives you insight into other people’s challenges and, with a word, you are able to make their lives different. Thank Him for a gentle spirit that allows you to be still and listen to His direction for your next steps.
Whatever you do, please do not hang your head and bemoan your lot. Think of those many ways God has used you, blessed you, anointed you, and chosen you for a “miracle moment.”
Enjoy this Advent season with those who mean so much to you, and thank our Lord for making you unique. Like a wide-eyed child, celebrate God’s creativity and His wondrous gift to you in the Baby of Bethlehem.
“If anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).