From Dennis Waszak Jr. the AP:
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Tim Tebow celebrated turning 25 years old on Wednesday by being on the cover of GQ magazine’s latest issue that hit newsstands Tuesday with a photo of the bare-chested New York Jets quarterback in a Jesus-like pose from a few years ago.
The most important call of Tebow’s day comes far away from the huddle.
It’s usually sometime at night, when football is the furthest thing on the New York Jets backup quarterback’s mind. That’s a rare moment these days for Tebow, particularly during training camp. But one of his closest friends – an “accountability partner,” as he describes him – is always a phone call away to keep his priorities in order.
For No. 15, that means God is No. 1. Family comes second. Football is a distant third.
“He’s someone I pray with,” Tebow said in a recent sit-down with The Associated Press, preferring to keep his friend’s identity private. “He’ll ask me: `Hey, did you get in the Word today? Were you praying today?’ I have him because I need someone who is always investing in me, you know?
“You don’t ever want to become complacent. That’s very easy to do because life gets in the way.”
Tim Tebow is one of the most talked about sports figures on our planet today. You cannot watch an episode of Sports Center without his name being mentioned. Sometimes there is debate about his performance as an NFL quarter back. There is one thing that has never been questioned nor debated and that is his faith and integrity. He is always described as a man of strong faith and character. You would think that someone of his strength and stature could take on all the trials and temptations that life can throw at him without relying upon another human.
You may have learned something new about Tim “Superman” Tebow today. He needs accountability. He needs a brother to challenge and encourage him so he does not become “complacent”. You see Tim Tebow finds his strength in walking his life in the path of humility. When we become a Christian, we begin the process of sanctification. Within the process of sanctification is a process known as mortification. We often frame this in the term “dying to self”. This means the old sinful man is mortifying or dying while at the same time our new creation in Christ is growing. We have the ability to stagnate this process by hanging onto our pride or self direction. We can promote and encourage this process through humility. One of the best promoters of humility is the use of godly accountability. One of the greatest challenges Christian sex addicts face is maintaining accountability. Most sex addicts experience brokenness when their sexual sin is disclosed. They are very motivated at this juncture to seek help. Without accountability, however, their “I” starts to grow back. It first appears as arrogance then grows into pride.
Proverbs 16:18 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.(NKJV)
I describe accountability as being needed anywhere in your life where you lack internal discipline or need encouragement. Accountability provides an external source of discipline or encouragement.
Matthew 5:3-6 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. (NKJV)
Jesus gave us the Beatitudes as the model for our Christian walk. This model promotes a life of humility and gratitude. Accountability is the vehicle that promotes the life of humility.
Most likely, the greatest avenue of respect for Tim Tebow comes from Christian parents. In a world that often lacks role models to emulate, he is the real deal. His use of accountability is just another example of this modeling and it applies to all of us. Thanks Tim.