‘We need a modern day Francis of Assissi!’ is all I could think about when I learned what an amazing witness for Christ he was. This world-changer born around 1181 was a scoundrel turned servant of Christ. He not only gave up great wealth in devotion to Jesus, he had a mysteriously powerful way with animals. He exuded love and faith. I could go on and on.
Enter a modern day witness named Tim Tebow. I was slow in learning about him – just discovered the great witness for Jesus that he is during the NFL football playoffs in 2011. He’s been impacting the world for a while. He is a missionary, NFL quarterback, and he sponsors disadvantaged kids as guests to every football game.
You’ve probably heard of Tim Tebow. After all, “Tebowing” is about as famous as “planking.”
I’m not going to put Tim Tebow on a huge pedestal because he’s only human, but I’m so very excited about the impact he is making on our world as a witness for Jesus. He’s humble and has a sense of humor.
What I really think is that I, too, am supposed to make a significant impact on the world by behaving like Jesus. Tebow stands out because he’s doing it right. Although I’m striving to overcome my failures, in my corner of the world I lack the passion for life that would motivate me to eat right and exercise. (Though I have decided to buy a bicycle and take up the hobby with the kids – and I’m extremely excited about that.)
Raising children is one of the greatest callings in life, I believe. Am I really doing all that I can to train up the children in the way they should go, under the nurture and admonition of the Lord? No, okay? I admit that I’m not. But Tebow encourages me to believe that I can make the needed change, with the help of God’s grace that’s already available to me every day. The beauty that is Francis of Assissi can be the beauty that is me – because Jesus is the source.
I believe that God is helping me to be for him what I long to be.