I’ve tried to avoid all the Tebow hoopla, but Rick Reilly’s ESPN article on Tebow can’t be ignored. Here’s the quote that stands out to me:
Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference.
Say what you want about the polarizing influence of religion in America or how much Jesus is helping Tebow win (talk about oversimplification), the thing you can’t ignore is that it’s refreshing to see an athlete understand that sports is just that – sports.
The Chicago Tribune reported on an interesting initiative to help the homeless in Chicago. By giving them clear and weatherproof signs, they are enabled to be more visible. While the motivation to give attention to them is certainly dignifying to these individuals, my only concern is that as these signs become ubiquitous, they will serve to simply categorize and make anonymous each of the panhandlers who have a unique story and journey. Each person will be defined by their sign alone. Still, it’s a good start. Let’s hope someone can take the idea to the next level.
Check out the blog for the movement here.
Ok, sorry for the frequent sports-related posts, but I thought I’d share this “guest post” by my senior pastor in his weekly column that goes out to our church folks. (I think he should start a blog, but he hasn’t yet). Enjoy!
The Tim Tebow Effect
Why do people have a problem with Tim Tebow? The media calls it the “Tim Tebow Effect.” For those who do not recognize the name, Tebow is the back up quarterback for the Denver Broncos (ex-Bear Kyle Orton was the first string QB) who has led the team to 4 victories in the last 5 games. In fact, just last night he scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds left to cap a 95-yard drive, giving Denver a 17-13 victory over the Jets (sorry Bob Collins). Continue reading