What Are We Doing to Tebow?

I will confess right now to having a man-crush on Tim Tebow. Nothing too surprising there, since two-thirds of men in America right now would probably (if they are honest) claim the same thing. (Click here for an example of the hoopla.) There are multiple reasons for my admiration of him.   I love that he is a Florida Gator. He went to ‘my’ school and he represents the Gator Nation so well. At a time in UF’s football history when there were a few too many run ins between football players and police officers, you never had to worry about Tim providing an embarrassing blemish to the university’s image. You still don’t. It only helps the man crush that right now, along with a plaque commemorating his ‘promise’ speech, there is a statue of Tebow outside the stadium alongside the Gators’ other Heisman trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel.   I love his leadership. In college the most famous instance of this is his “Promise” speech. After a lethargic loss to a much overmanned opponent, Tebow promised that he would personally work harder than any other player and the team would play harder than any other. Proved true, they won the national championship that year.   Even on his pro team, this may be his greatest attribute. Much maligned for his ‘lack’ of football skill, Tebow has at times indeed performed poorly. Yet, he has led and inspired a team to perform beyond what they did before he was the starter. There would be no Tebow-time if the defense didn’t keep the game close. Tim got the defense to buy into his leadership; quite the undertaking considering how loudly many ‘experts’ were...

Is the Path Straight and Narrow?

Have you ever waited in a cue for a ride at a theme park? It can be frustrating when progress – defined as getting closer to the front of the line – seems to take turns that lead you further away from the goal. Same can be true of our spiritual life, as progress – defined as more fully living in our identity in Christ – is sometimes marked by taking steps backward. (That is the point of praying while walking a prayer labyrinth like the one pictured above, the path God has you on is not a straight one.) The process of developing awareness of what we cling to for a false sense of wholeness apart from God is filled with failures and set backs. It is part of developing perseverance, but a part that tends to be unwelcome. When we make one step forward, we do not like to experience making two steps backward. All of us crave certainty. This has caused us to assume a linear approach to following Christ. Every day in Christ, we assume, is going to be a day of growth – of hearing the voice of the Father get louder and louder beckoning us towards Him. Part of this assumption is that our struggles will all be external, and we ignore the ways of the false self that we have lived in for so long. But there is so much to learn about what tempts us and the patterns of the old nature when we pay heed to the two steps back. They are as much part of the journey as is...

Happy Resurrection Day!

  In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1: 4 – 5 Happy Easter from Perkins Communications, LLC. I work with followers of Christ to energize discipleship, improve relationships, decrease anxiety and facilitate leadership development. I am a certified coach specializing in pastoral leadership, relationships, discipleship, life transitions, and Christian identity. Also, I am the author of the forthcoming book Discovering Your Root: Developing Your Identity in Christ. Services I offer are one-on-one coaching, group coaching,  speaking at organizations/churches, leadership workshops, and church retreats. For more info, click here to contact...

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