Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On Tim Tebow, Hits & Followers and Living in the Light

 

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 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.

Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
   and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

~Ephesians 5:14-16

I had a pretty tough week last week.  And the hardest thing about it is that my vision was and is murky, dull, clouded, even dark.

When I look at how I am living, I see this woman who is great fathoms less than the fullness of grace upon grace that comes with having the light of the world at home IN ME…that fullest life that makes ‘best use of the time’.

I have felt chained and bound and yearn to be free.

You may be thinking I am being too hard on myself.  I know all of the reasons why this season of great transition is hard, but I have also been blessed with the light, a clear vision, of the ways in which He wants to live in and through me.  So, I speak the truth of where I’m struggling to Praise God for how He’s made me unsatisfied with lesser things. a lesser life.

Through My EyesAnd Tim Tebow is not randomly in the title to draw more hits on this blog.Winking smileI read his book, Through My Eyes, last week.  And I thank God for him and his testimony.

As I read through his life story, so many inspiring things surfaced.  His birth was a medical miracle and through an amazing network of family support and coming to know Christ at an early age he has sought to thank God with his life.  Seizing the days and each opportunity to make the most, not of himself, but, of God, His Love, Grace and Salvation.

A major factor in his not entering the NFL draft after his junior year in college was the huge platform that college football had given him.  After the 2009 BCS Championship Game when he led the Florida Gators to victory, there were 94 million hits on Google for John 3:16 which he had worn on his eye black during that game.

By seeking to live fully for God in the midst of the strongest vortex of temptation to live for the world, he brings to light why God is pleased to lift up his life & testimony so that 94 million hits would be drawn to a verse that so clearly shares the Good News and has given him 1,029,292 twitter followers {as of 10:35 PM 11-16-12}.  A gigantic amount of Google hits and followers for one great purpose of leading them to Jesus.

Our pastor summed it up well when he talked about the chains of living like our performance somehow stokes the fire of God’s love.  We live bound to the darkness, the murky gray of a world that rises and falls on the praise or criticism of others.  And if you are in this blogging and social media world, how often do we ride the waves of followers, comments, hits?

And Tim Tebow faces more media criticism than just about anyone and each word goes viral by the millions in seconds.  Yet, by choosing the lens of God’s Great Love for him, he focuses on what really matters and is eternal and incorruptible and he lives FREE.

I don’t write about Tim Tebow to praise him, but to thank God for how he and so many through the halls of history bear witness to that One True Light. 

And I pluck out these words on this blog home to mostly remind myself of that light.  The dark and the haze are for the sleepy and in these days I know that the fight is a real. so real and so close.  And I hear these words from Paul to the Ephesians. to the would-be faithful throughout time. to me.  And by His Grace I will arise and awake into the days ahead and plans prepared before time for that one great purpose of glorifying HIM with my life!

{p.s. I guest posted yesterday at a great blog {and facebook} community for wives in ministry.  January’s theme is ‘Beginnings’ and for me ‘The Beginning is Simply…Grace.’ It is an inter-cultural community and was an honor to post there on MLK Jr. Day:} Hop over and especially join the community or site if you are a wife navigating ministry and/or invite others too!}

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1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry you've had a tough week. I hope you are able to find Him in these moments.

    I haven't read Tebow's memoir yet, but I have been following his time in Denver this season. What a year!

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