My 5th grade son and I recently had a conversation about why Tim Tebow is such a good guy to idolize: he cares for others above himself, he understands his strength and abilities come from God, and he epitomizes the values Christ taught us. That’s a good guy to look up to.
So, how did he get there and how can you help your own children find a path similar to that?
Take a few moments to read about Tim and share these works and his guiding principles with your children. It certainly will help guide their thoughts as they dream about what to be when they grow up.
Tim is the youngest of 5 children. He was born in the Philippines while his parents were missionaries there. He was homeschooled by his mother when “homeschooling” was a new word for most people.
The Tebows were actually pioneers in the field of homeschooling. According to the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association’s website, “the Tebows planned each child’s schooling around their family values, character training, and the individual’s learning style, interests, and goals.”
They were also highly involved in getting their children to be able to play high school sports at their local schools. This was a new concept for homeschooled children and of course, was an important part of Tim’s athletic development.
Because of his parents’ heavy involvement in mission work, Tim grew up with a Christ-centered life and it shows today. When he was at The University of Florida, he wanted to start a foundation but was not allowed to due to NCAA regulations, according to the Tim Tebow Foundation website. He found a way around this rule by getting First and 15 approved through student government.
Post-college in 2010, he started his organization that helps four different outreach organizations – W15H in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, a partnership with CURE International, Timmy’s Playrooms at children’s hospitals around the country and Uncle Dick’s Home, an orphanage in the Philippines.
As I read about this, I wonder, how does he have time for football?
Another wonderful way he shows his never-wavering faith in Jesus was his eye black during Florida Gator games. A sample of these verses included:
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Isaiah 40:31 – “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
And of course, one of our family’s favorites, John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
When you read these core things Tim does for people, it makes you believe in what a deeply strong individual he is. Who wouldn’t want that for their children? Please share this with your kids.
Please read more about Tim on his family’s website, his own foundation’s website and this wonderful article from Rick Reilly of ESPN about Tim’s behind the scenes activities. Please comment if you have any feedback about this.
Photos: Tim Tebow Foundation (www.timtebowfoundation.org)
Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.” It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at www.raisinganamericanpatriot.com.]]>