Serving the Least: Tim Tebow and the Brain-tumor Victim

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.

Read the whole piece.

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)

  • ScottShirley

    This is a great example of how actions speak louder than words. Football players have the power to make a positive and lasting impact when they use their fame for good. I’m always inspired by how many college and pro players choose to do this.

  • John

    We cannot all be ordained ministers of the faith, but each of us can express our faith within the context of our daily living and work. In sports we very often – indeed, too often – see expressions of faith in worldliness by athletes, so it is refreshing any time we see an expression of Christian faith by an athlete!