Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star quarterback Tim Tebow revealed his secret to success and his ultimate weapon in times of trouble in his new book, where he shares the foundation of his worth by proclaiming his assurance that his identity is firmly rooted in Jesus Christ.
Tebow – whose inspirational book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms, launched last week – recently traded in the pigskin for a bat and catcher’s gear to play professional baseball on a farm club for the New York Mets, but he emphasizes that regardless of what sport he is playing or what career he is pursuing, one thing remains constant.
“I know where my identity lies,” the 29-year-old athlete insisted, referring to the anchor of his faith – Jesus Christ.
Where will you land?
Tebow says that the only way to be able to deal with life’s highs and lows – as he’s experienced throughout his career in professional sports – is to stay rooted in one’s Christian faith.
“There are going to be great times, and there are going be tough times,” the Christian athlete expressed, according to Bible Gateway. “So, who was I when I won the Heisman Trophy versus when I got cut three times – well, maybe four times – in the NFL?”
Tebow started his NFL career as the first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos before being cut and subsequently signed by the New York Jets, New England Patriots and most recently by the Philadelphia Eagles (last season). However, he has not let his inability to achieve ultimate success in professional football – as he did when he won the Heisman Trophy and two national championships during his college football years – define who he is.
Who and what defines you?
The devout born-again believer says that people can allow their experiences and treatment by others shape who they are – or they can leave that up to the almighty God who has an infinitely higher purpose for their lives.
“Was I the person that was praised by presidents or the person that was debated and scrutinized by most of the media?” Tebow posed. “So, who was I? Am I that person who I was at the high, or am I that person who had all those lows?”
Tebow went on to explain that the role models he mentions in his book are those who were never shaken – not because of their mental fortitude or commitment to succeed, but because of their unwavering faith that is anchored in Christ.
“So many people that have gone before me that I’ve been able to see – wow, ‘I want what he has ’ … ‘I want what she has’ … I’ve seen what they have and wow, they have peace no matter where they’re at,” the Florida Gators alumnus shared. “They have assurance no matter what they’re going through. It was fun in this book to be able to highlight role models of mine that have been able to find a firm foundation in who they are – no matter what life throws at them.”
Setting godly, not worldly, priorities …
Even though Tebow admits that he could be considered by some as being a “people pleaser,” he stressed that his main desire in life is to truly please God and love people by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others – not to chase after the worldly goals pushed by society.
“You can love God, and you can love people,” explained the devout believer, whose Tim Tebow Foundation has helped disadvantaged children across the globe. “There’s more to this world than money, fame and power.”
He maintains that there is absolutely no excuse to not share Christ – and not be a testimony to Him – stressing that God can use anyone … anywhere … anytime.
“You can have an impact, no matter who you are – no matter what platform,” Tebow impressed. “No matter how big or small of a role model, there’s someone watching you.”
His advice to people from every walk of life remains consistent – to remain others-focused and God-focused … not self-focused, as the world teaches.
“There’s a life that you can change,” Tebow asserts. “There’s a life that you can impact.”