“In 2007, after winning the Heisman, I was told I was the best in the world. And then, three years later, I was told I couldn’t throw. ” Tim Tebow in Shaken
I am sure you have heard of Tebowing and seen photos of the ‘John 3;16’ written in eye black in the NCAA National Championship game in January 2009 to draw attention to this verse of scripture. This worked pretty well as over 94 million people Googled this verse during that game. What happened exactly 3 years later in a playoff game between Denver and Pittsburgh is a part of this story you probably have not heard. It is pretty amazing too.
Tim Tebow is why you are aware of these two phenomena. In Shaken, Tim Tebow’s second book, you will see these events from his perspective and gain some insight on what makes Tim tick. One of the categories this book is listed under is Christian Living and you will learn more about Christian Living from his life experience, much he has never shared before. You will learn who he is but, more importantly, whose he is.
“It might surprise you to know that some of the deepest wounds I’ve experienced have come from fellow Christians.” Tim Tebow in Shaken
This is not a biography per se but does contain biographical glimpses from his young life so far. You are able to see these very public events from his own private perspective. If you are a Tim Tebow fan or just curious to learn more about what drives him you will want to read this book.
It begins describing his gut-wrenching kick in the teeth when he was cut from the New England Patriots and then weaves back and forth through his career in both on and off the field activities. It is his off the field activities that will have a much more lasting effect on those involved and you as well.
What disability does he have in common with Both Albert Einstein, the father of the atomic age, and Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor in history? That’s in there too.
Not a fan at first
I was not a Tim Tebow fan when he was in college since his Florida Gators were a chief rival of my favorite college team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. In his first book, Through My Eyes, he described his decision choosing between these two schools as the one he would attend and play for.
I was glad Alabama did defeat Tim Tebow and Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship and go on to win the National Championship that year. Since Florida had done the same, with Tebow leading the way, in the 2008 season, it seemed only fair. I did respect him and his accomplishments and what he stood for as a Christian. I just was not a fan of his on the football field at that time.
However, since that time I have become a Tim Tebow fan because of his witness as a Christian. I have been one of those pulling for him to be successful in the NFL but his humility and off the field ministry has drawn me to him more.
“Any time you idolize people and hold up unrealistic expectations you think they should follow, at some point they’re going to let you down…Jesus is the only One who belongs on a pedestal. Jesus is the only One who deserves the glory. Jesus is the only One worthy of our praise. The rest of us are sinners. We miss the mark. Often.”
“There will always be people in your life who will underestimate your potential, say that you’ll never reach your dream or make that goal, or try to hold you back in some way.”
“Don’t get sidetracked by those who don’t believe in you or by those who don’t understand what it is you are doing.
The title of the book is taken from this scripture verse,
“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
Shaken but standing firm
If you have followed his career you know he has had many opportunities to be shaken. When you read this book you will see he has been shaken but how he has responded to those valley experiences is a compelling and inspiring story that will give you hope. His message of good news and his faith journey might change your life.
As you learn how Tim Tebow has responded to the challenges in his life this knowledge will help you as you navigate the valleys in your own life.
I end with one more quote from the book and my recommendation for you to get your copy of Shaken today. You will be glad you did.
“Want to be a stand-taker? Do the right thing.
Uphold your standards. Stay true to your faith. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be generous. Stand up for what you believe in.”
Until next time…
Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on October 26, 2016