So You’re Saying There’s A Chance

Posted: January 9, 2012 by Ricky Keeler in NFL

(Photo Credit: Chris Schneider/AP)

After Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos lost their final regular season game 7-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, most people said they had no chance to win against the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. People said that #15 was not and should not be the starting quarterback when Denver goes into the 2012 season. See, the problem with that logic is that the Broncos were not done with their 2011 season.

In the first game with the new overtime rules, the Fighting Tim Tebows, as I like to call them, won on a 80 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 win. Tebow was 10-21 for 316 yards and three total touchdowns in the upset victory. We learned last year from the Seattle Seahawks that as long as you make the playoffs, any team has a chance to beat anyone on any given Sunday. Now, the Broncos face another tough task as they will head up to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots.

It got me to think about tasks that we deem impossible in our daily life. Time and time again, people are going to say you have no chance to be successful at something. Whether it is a career goal, your education, etc., there are going to be doubters that say you cannot succeed. As I am reading Through My Eyes, I have realized that Tim Tebow has been hearing he cannot be a quarterback ever since his high school coach wanted him to be a linebacker because of what he called “position by stereotype”.

Before the game, I read the verse that Tim Tebow tweeted and put on his Facebook Wall. Ironically, the verse is the exact same verse that we use as our Mission Statement here at Jesus N Sports.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

This was a great verse choice to describe the fact that if we look to Jesus and to the cross, we can have the belief in our hearts as Christians that the Lord is with us and nothing is impossible with the Lord. Now, while God causes all things to work together after the counsel of His will (Eph 1:11) we don’t imagine Him to be whimsically tinkering with scoreboards across the globe as though He were some kind of fan. God’s ultimate priority, and appropriately so, is His own glory. If it were not, He’d put something above Himself, which He we know is impossible.

However, the Father does have His children’s best interests in mind, even though it might not seem like the best interest for us at the time or something does not come as quick to us as we hope. The Lord continues to raise people up when it is ultimately His will and not necessarily ours.

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;  they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;  they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Today, I exhort you to run the race and do not stop just because someone tells you that it is not the normal thing to do or that you cannot do something Just continue to look to the Lord and He will bring you the strength to do things that you could not do if you did not put your trust in the Almighty Father. As we continue to watch the run the Denver Broncos are on in the playoffs, continue to realize that people may tell you that you cannot throw, or that you do not fit the conventional mold, or because you believe in the Lord you don’t fit in with the status quo, but continue to pray for strength and wisdom from the Lord because He ALWAYS answers prayer!

  1. Dan says:

    I have to admit that after losing to K.C. 7-3, I didn’t think that they stood much of a chance against the Steelers and their top rated defence. Once again Tebow and the Broncos surprised me and just about everybody who was watching. It’s hard not to root for a guy who gives all the glory to the Lord,
    and all the credit to his teamates and coaches for a win. Win or lose next weekend Tim has proven he can play in the NFL as a QB and God willing will have a long and fruitful career.

    • Ricky Keeler says:

      It just goes to show you the competitiveness and the fire that burns inside of Tebow. Against the Steelers, we saw the confidence in him that was not there against the Chiefs. I always say this when talking about competitors like Tebow or even Tom Brady, I don’t want to be the guy that tells them they have no shot to win a game. Even when all looked lost for Denver after blowing a 23-13 lead, Tebow showed no signs that he was ready to give up. He was going to run that race to the finish line!

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