Tim Tebow’s Eye Black Message (Philippians 4:13)

Last December, I blogged about how 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow might very well have been aborted before he was born had not his mother been so committed to her Christian values and staunchly opposed the doctors who were trying to convince her to kill her unborn baby as a means of saving her own life. Her faith won the day and she is still alive after giving birth to a boy in 1987 who would become, arguably, one of the best college football quarterbacks of all time.

Anyone who would doubt this apparently did not watch the SEC Championship Game between #1 ranked Alabama and #4 ranked Florida yesterday. It was a tough fought contest, but Florida prevailed with a final score of 31 to 20. The Gators look as though they will be headed to the National Championship Game.

I watched that game and thoroughly enjoyed it. But, thanks to the technology of Hi-Def televsion, I noticed something for the first time. While most other players wear eye black (that black, greasy stuff they put below their eyes to reduce glare) with things like their team names or their own jersey number or whatnot, Tim Tebow’s eye black smears had something much more profound written in them. Together, they read: “PHIL 4:13.”

I quickly realized that this was the reference to a Bible verse although I wasn’t sure if it was for the book of Philemon or Philippians. I looked it up. Since Philemon is only one chapter, it has to be Phillipians.

Philippians 4:13 reads:

I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.

From mother to son, father to son and now out to the world, we know where Tim Tebow’s strength comes from.

God bless Pam Tebow for holding her ground, relying on her faith and giving the world Tim.

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