The Tebowing of America…. or Being our own worst enemy….

Tim Tebow Praying

Lately in the new there has been a lot of talk about the actions and faith of one Tim Tebow.  (Tim Tebow criticism says a lot about us … and it’s not good – NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Tim-Tebow-why-the-heck-do-we-hate-him-110211)  This is just one article out there and I think it sums up a lot of things.  I couple of years ago, I did not like Tim Tebow, QB of the Florida Gators.  I did have respect for Tim Tebow as a man however.  I couldn’t like him a few years ago, I am a proud Ohio State Buckeye fan, but sports aside, the faith that Tebow displayed in his college and now professional career, is amazing.  The amount of missions work that this young man has done, his charity organizations to build hospitals, etc.

We see this all the time in America, a supposedly “Christian” nation, all jokes are made about Christians.  Things get pushed back at Christians, we get mocked, we get told to stand down, we can’t use the name of Jesus in a public prayer.  In an Gallup poll from December 09 http://bit.ly/txPLIV 78% of American’s identified themselves as Christian.  So how is it that the MAJORITY loses.  If we are truely a 78% Christian country, why do so many things get pushed forward.  Are we only Christian by name?  Are we only Christian on Sunday? Are you a Christian in your work place? There seems to be such an intolerance for the majority now, and honestly I realize most of it has come from inside the 78%.

I want to be fully open with this post and say that things like this church here in Eastern Kentucky makes me sick, however this has changed Today and has been overturned.  Things like this, give us Christians a black eye and a bad name around the country and around the world.  We are our own worst enemy, when it comes to things.  Read online comments about this article, about Tebow, about any Christian topic, and there are remarks from Christians that make me cringe.  I’m not a fan of the warm fuzzy Christian – the everything will work out, I love you God loves you, you don’t have to feel guilty; however I’m not a beat them over the head with a Bible, either.  There IS a happy medium out there.  Believe me I have been around both ends of the spectrum on this, and the results that you get are Sunday only/Convenient Christians or people who can’t stand to be around Christians.

The comments that get made, are peoples opinions.  As a Christian myself, I don’t always support the delivery of others opinions.  There is something that is to be said about how you use your words.

…….So back to my original reason for this post…..

Tim Tebow – Quarterback/Christian

This man has the courage to step out in the public eye, and be seen praying and giving recognition to God.  This is something many of the supposed 78% would be scared to do.  Taking the time to say thanks to God, for what He does in your life moment by moment, to follow what Jesus told us to do by, praying without ceasing — Just take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.

Tebow hasn’t reacted irrationally to the mockings, he just rolls with them, turning the other cheek if you will, and keeps on doing his job.  We all need to take a look at our lives, and see why we don’t have the courage to say a prayer as we walk into our office, answer that next phone call, start driving on a trip, or go out to eat.  Be thankful for all that you have.  Rejoice in the life that God has given to you.  And please please please Think before you react to things.  People know you by your actions, if they can’t see God working in you daily, what are you doing wrong?

 

Love and Marriage

Over and over though life we hear about love.  I love _______.  You can fill in the blank with many different things.  For me  I love, God, my wife, my daughter, etc.  In today’s world though we get such twisted views of love.  We don’t have all the other words that other languages have.  We use the word love for the feelings we have for our spouse, kids, that cheeseburger at lunch.  It just doesn’t have the same meaning even though it is the same word.

But when we think about the love that you have for your spouse or loved ones, we think of the type of love that would go to the ends of the earth for the other person.  It is this love that makes you say that you would do anything for that person, you would be willing to give your life for that person.  This is what we hear about so much in songs and in movies, the guy saves the girl from the car at the last second, or the line from the Bruno Mars song, I’ll catch a grenade for you.  The fact that I would risk life and limb for my wife and daughter is a no brainer.

The main question to ask yourself when you know that you are in love, is not if you would stop a bullet for the other person or stop a run away train.  Ask yourself if at the end of your longest hardest day, are you willing to tell your wife go relax let me do the dishes, let me run the sweeper.  True love is looking at the relationship from both sides as an 80/20 split, I can take care of my wife, ensuring that her needs are met and she gets what she needs to be happy.   This fulfills my 20 percent for myself and lets her know that in everything that I do I am think of her.

Remember these things next time you tell someone you love them, and think of how you really mean it.  Look at the one you love and tell them that not only would you die for them, you will do the dishes or clean the bathroom.  Find out that one thing that they hate doing but have to, and do it for them, even though you hate it more.
And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’38“This is the great and foremost commandment.39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)