I found this excerpt, from one of the 1,000 Tim Tebow journalism pieces on the web at present, quite powerful. I’m not a Tebow zealot, nor am I a big fan of the unnecessary violence of football, but there’s no arguing with character like this:
Mr. Tebow’s acts of goodwill have often been more intimate. In December 2009, he attended a college-football awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The night before, at another gala at Walt Disney World Resort, he met a 20-year-old college-football fan named Kelly Faughnan, a brain-tumor victim who suffers from hearing loss and visible, continual tremors. She was wearing a button that said “I love Timmy.” Someone noticed and made sure that the young woman had a chance to meet the player.
Mr. Tebow spent a long while with Ms. Faughnan and her family, and asked her if she’d like to be his date for the award ceremony the following night. She agreed, and the scene of Mr. Tebow escorting the trembling young woman down the red carpet led much of the reporting about the event.
I’m deeply encouraged by the way that Tebow is up-front with his faith, and I would encourage other believers to live and testify with similar boldness in the spheres of influence we possess. There’s nothing fancy about being a gospel witness. There’s no gnostic secret you need to learn to be a faithful evangelist, and there’s not a separate gospel for different people groups and sociological types. You just open your mouth, speak the gospel, and back up your words by a holy life lived in the power of the Spirit.
People may not accept your words–many will not–but they cannot argue with your character, and you will be rewarded for it on the last day.
(Image: Newscom/Wall Street Journal)