Tim Tebow led the Florida Gators to another victory over FSU tonight in preparation for the national college football championship against #2 Alabama next week. Hebrews 12:1-2 written on Tebow's face beneath his eyes was misquoted then half quoted by the TV announcer.
First the TV announcer supposed the Scripture written on Tim's face was Hebrews 12:12, which he read following Tebow's 47 yard run, ended by a fumble when three to four defenders stripped the ball from him.
Hebrews 12:12 reads: "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees."
However later the announcer backtracked and apologized realizing that the inscription under Tim's eyes was in fact Hebrews 12:1-2.
Shortly thereafter between plays he read Hebrews 12:1, which reads: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
Yet verse 2 was never mentioned.
Therefore in justice in the great quarterback and leader on and off the gridiron Tim Tebow, who loves and serves the same God, I provide you the latter half of the Scripture he wanted you to know.
Hebrews 12:2 reads: "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has risen to set down at right hand of the throne of God."
Usually Tim in the past wore John 3:16 every game day since his junior year of college football. Undoubtedly the most often quoted Scripture worldwide, John 3:16 reads:
"God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Tim Tebow and coach Urban Meyer exemplify leadership with the utmost humility and love for their team, students and fans supporting the Florida Gators.
I'm always touched to hear both of these men speak. Toward the end of the game the announcer mentioned that coach Urban Meyer either had everyone of his senior football players who are graduating individually over to his house, or personally went to their home.
Coach Meyer often mentions the heart of the Gator players saying how "invested" they are in the athletic program. Undoubtedly coach Meyer loves his athletes and is equally invested in them and it shows in how hard they play when they get on the field.
Tim's parents and siblings are missionaries serving in the Philippines and Bangladesh respectively, no small undertaking indeed. I know because I've done missionary work overseas in impoverished nations and visited countries such as these throughout Asia.
Above and beyond Tim's SEC and national college football championships, his character and leadership is commendable. Undoubtedly Tim is a bright star shining forth the glory of God on and off the field, living an exemplary life worthy of us to follow as he follows Christ his Lord and Savior.
worldwide minister and author of God vs. Religion