The Real Reasons Tim Tebow Succeeds

Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him,…

Tebow mania. Our nation has become consumed with the rise and fall of this young man. It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or radio and not hear his name being mentioned. Forget the topic. It doesn’t matter. Within minutes the host will find a way to bring Tebow into the conversation. To be honest, I can’t blame them. The ratings numbers show that you would be a fool not to play that game. Like him or not, everyone is watching and talking about him. Tebow time has become the focus of our national attention.

As I look at this young man’s life I must admit that I find myself captivated by his story. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that he certainly does not fit into the category of the traditional NFL quarterback. But in spite of all the mechanical flaws and deficiencies he possesses several qualities that have enabled him to succeed.

  • Tim is committed to excellence. The earliest stories of this young man paint a picture of a vicious competitor. He trains. He studies. He practices. He refuses to give up. When others say it can’t be done, he refuses to be denied. Success in any endeavor is often the fruit of perseverance and preparation. Most people who fail simply gave up too quickly or too easily. Tim has succeeded because of a commitment to excellence.
  • Tim is a leader not a manager. In the business world you learn quickly that there is a huge difference between a manager and a leader. Leaders are people who motivate and inspire others to greatness. Tim’s enthusiasm for the game, his competitive edge, his refusal to surrender to the naysayers has become contagious in the Denver organization. A team that looked lost in the early weeks of the season found a passion and fire for winning. Tim has been at the forefront of that resurgence. He has succeeded because he has played to his strengths. Rather than trying to “manage the game” he has played with the heart of a lion. He succeeds because he leads.
  • Tim puts others first. By now the stories of his acts of compassion are well-known. Forget his accomplishments on the football field. Tim is successful because he understands that in life the order of priorities should always be God, others, and lastly, self. His actions declare loudly the value he places on people. I could spend hours sharing the stories but for today I give you this link to an article by Rick Reilly( If Tim never played another single game, he will forever be a hero in the eyes of scores of people. Tim succeeds because he puts others first.
  • Tim has been favored by God. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that God has an invested interest in the Denver Broncos. Neither Tim nor the Broncos are receiving some sort of divine preferential treatment. But the Bible is very clear on the matter. Throughout Scripture we find people who were blessed with favor because of their integrity, faithfulness, and commitment to the kingdom of heaven. But that promise holds true for everyone regardless of their position in life. If Tim were a plumber, he would still be favored of God. It is impossible to reasonably separate the two. From all apparent observations he has committed his life to Christ. In fact, it seems nigh impossible to find any evidence to the contrary. Why is it so difficult to believe that God would bless such a commitment with favor, prosperity, and success?

I am not sure what the future holds for Tim. Will he become an elite NFL quarterback? Only time will tell but most experts continue to remain unconvinced that Tim will have longterm success at that position. Personally, I don’t care about his professional future. In my book, regardless of what may or may not happen in the next few weeks, Tim is a success. Sure, we all love to celebrate the Christian athlete or celebrity who is able to stand strong in the media spotlight. But aside from all that, Tim has earned my respect because of his character and commitment to Christ. If he were bagging groceries, I would respect him. If he were working at a paper plant, I would respect him. Tim is a success not because of his achievements on the field but because of the quality of his heart and the depth of his conviction. Yes, he is human. He isn’t some “super” Christian. But for me he is a powerful reminder that who we are in life will always be more important than what we do. And regardless of what we do, we can be succesful if we will commit ourselves to excellence, strive to lead rather than manage, put others first, and build our lives on the firm foundation of faith in Christ.

Interested in reading more about Tim Tebow and faith? Here is another blog I wrote earlier this year. Just click on the link. God bless you!