I'm not your typical Silicon Valley guy. Here, you'll find my random but intentional thoughts on parenthood, innovation, faith, health and family life in a hyper connected, super social world.
While busy building a startup, creating another innovative product, and networking in this amazing Silicon Valley and its extended social media reach, something was brewing outside of my “normal” world: controversy around religion and sports. Big time.
I had no idea who this Tim Tebow was until last week, when at a birthday party, all us “boys” were hanging out watching the Steelers v. Broncos game, while all the ladies chatted away and the children enjoyed this rare moment of “freedom” (plus a sweet jumping house).
Now the game is tied, goes to overtime, and the “real” conversation starts… is God involved in the NFL. Then I had a sudden and healthy dose of Tebow talk from everyone around me.
Apparently his faith and overt demonstrations of his religious beliefs get people talking… a lot … aaaaand taking funny pictures of themselves Tebowing.
But as you can see in the picture above, athletes have been thanking God for their accomplishments forever, so why is Tebow now the center of all attention around this topic?
Is God Really “Playing” With Us?
Then it happened: I witnessed the “miraculous” win in overtime… 316 yards of completed passes. Coincidence? Well, it doesn’t matter, does it? Some will take it as a sign and believe in a higher power, while others will laugh it out and disregard. Faith is a personal choice and comes from our ability to decide whether you believe or not… a.k.a. “free will”.
What is impressive to me is the amount of chatter, content (both on the love and hate side), and reach, this individual has generated. One thing is certain: Tim Tebow’s public demonstrations of his believe in Jesus has reignited the conversation about God’s role in our lives.
And the big question arises: is God behind all this? Again, the answer does not matter. What matters is what this means to each one of us. This is where your personal journey is more important than what other people think (or what the media writes).
And then something really interesting happened: several people (on both sides of the argument) reached out to me afterwards to make sure I knew God had (or had not) His hands in this.
Believing Drives Action. Action Leads to Accomplishments.
Whether you believe in a higher power or not, are on the Tebow-train, or simply want nothing to do with the topic, you will probably agree with me on this: his unwavering and unequivocal believe that his accomplishments are a gift from God drives him to take action, and his actions have led him to success.
That’s why he thanks Him every time something amazing happens.
Most people are externally motivated…. they expect somebody to “show them the way”. This is how we, as a nation, elected the only candidate that had promised “HOPE” and “CHANGE”. However, the most successful people in business, sports, and life are those guided by a “higher power”, internally motivated to find their vocation, reach their goals and ultimately do good to others.
This is why people hate on Tebow: no faith or internal motivation of their own that leads them to be on the offensive of those who have it… why? because it justifies them.
So whether you think God is involved or not, who cares?!? Instead, you should be asking: What does it mean to you? and where are you finding the source of inspiration and drive, to take action, accomplish your goals, and do good.
Personally, I’m glad children and adults have a great Christian athlete to look up to, showing us how believing in God and oneself can help you move mountains.