After our women’s workshop Sunday I joined my husband, Wyndham, at our son’s house to watch the end of the Pittsburgh-Denver playoff game. I’m not gonna’ lie…as a University of Florida alumni, I’m a Tim Tebow fan. However, I’m still loyal to my New England Patriots.
Sam (our son) and his wife, Leigh Ann, have a dog named Brady (yes, after Tom Brady of the New England Patriots). Brady was born outside of Denver, and Wyndham and I brought him back with us, as we returned from a conference in Denver. So, Brady and I have a special connection. Wyndham takes him (and his brother Luke who belongs to my daughter and son in law) pheasant hunting. Brady does not understand that he is too big to be a lap dog, as you can see. Suffice it to say, we are attached to both Brady and Luke as granddogs.
As Brady ventured into my lap, I told him about his little “half” brother (yes, they both have the same dad) coming to our home next weekend. We are getting a golden retriever puppy from the same breeders that we used before. How ironic that we have named him “Denver”, and that he will be arriving – along with the Denver Bronco football Tim (I mean team) – this weekend. I explained to him that he will certainly continue to be the “alpha dog” with Denver, but that he has to make room in his heart for his little brother. (He wasn’t impressed.)
While I don’t think this little tidbit has any affect on the outcome of the playoff game this weekend, and very little spiritual application – I did think about how good it is to see a man of strong character and convictions becoming a household name . Tim Tebow is getting people’s attention…that prayerfully may then cause some to explore this Jesus whom he proclaims. While we may likely not agree doctrinally on some important things in the scriptures, I’m so happy to hear of a popular sports icon that has the reputation for being the “only virgin in the NFL”. While many may “pay homage” to God, have Jesus’ picture tattooed on their bodies, crosses hanging around their necks…or often point to the sky….so very few have the convictions and courage to live a life that represents the Jesus I know and read about. Our world is so upside down in practicing what is true and Godly – and in knowing the difference in right from wrong. As the prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 5:20-22
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
We certainly live in a time where powerless forms of religion reign as described in 2 Tim. 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–  having a form of godliness but denying its power. (emphasis added)
I pray that more and more people can come to understand the amazing direction and power to turn lives around… that Jesus really gives.
And…well, I told Brady about Denver’s arrival this weekend. We will wait and see what happens.