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The Tim Tebow Lesson: It’s All About Faith – in Football, Business and Life

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God, apparently, is a Denver Broncos fan.

That’s good news because, since John Elway retired and someone thought Josh McDaniel was a football coach, we’ve needed the help. Of course, I don’t believe much of what I’ve written so far.

Let me be upfront about this: God doesn’t care who wins a football game. If it turns out that he has a favorite team, he’s going to lose a lot of out-of-town Christians — and God is smarter than that.

Faith is the critical element

God also doesn’t care if you get that promotion, if your business succeeds, or if you win the lottery. That’s not to say there is no correlation between Tim Tebow’s faith and the Broncos’ ridiculous wins, though.

In Matthew 17:20 (King James version), Jesus explains to a couple of disciples why they can’t manage to cast out a demon:

Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

They don’t have faith in themselves. Mustard is the underdog of seeds, but because it believes it can grow, it grows to be the biggest of all the herbs. With that kind of faith, Jesus says, you can move a mountain or beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL playoffs.

Tim Tebow prays for victory (or strength, or whatever), and each time the prayer seems answered, it isn’t because God wants Denver to win – it’s answered because Tebow believes it will be answered. He has the faith that Jesus was talking about.

But, don’t confuse faith with hope

Does that sound familiar? It should. You’ve probably heard this quote from Thomas Edison:

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Thomas Edison and Jesus are saying the same thing, and it applies to everything we do.

If you think you’ve had faith once before and it didn’t work, you may have confused “faith” with “hope.” Faith is hope on steroids. If you’re looking for a promotion, feel free to “hope” you get one and eventually you might.

If you have FAITH you’ll get a promotion though, and BELIEVE enough in the power of whatever you pray to, you’re more likely to get it. Why? Because of the changes you’ve made in your attitude. Believing that you’re promotion ready affects your actions, and it’s those changes that make you promotion ready in reality – not the prayer for a better job, or the belief in a supernatural being.

All things are possible – if you believe they are

Tim Tebow believes so strongly in God that it affects everything and everyone around him. Christians will tell you that it’s the God part that makes the difference, but it isn’t. It’s Tebow’s belief that all things are possible if you believe they are. It’s his mustard seed belief in himself – the same faith that anyone, regardless of religious preference, can use to make themselves more confident and willing to tackle challenges.

Positive thinking doesn’t always work, as we’ll see the next time the Broncos lose and the quarterback is asked “Did you lose because you didn’t pray hard enough?” But it works well enough that you can’t find a quote anywhere that contradicts Thomas Jefferson:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from reaching his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

David Sneed is the owner of Colorado-based Alpine Fence Company and author of Everyone Has A Boss – A Two Hour Guide to Being the Most Valuable Employee at Any Company. As a Marine, father, husband, entrepreneur, author, and teacher, David has learned how to help others succeed. He teaches the personal benefits of a strong work ethic to entry-level employees. Contact him at David@EveryoneHasABoss.com.
  • RatedPG

    What a great lesson about attitude! Definitely relates to work and life. Stay positive, friends!!

  • Hopemarie

    It can be tough, in the current economic atmosphere, to even hope, let alone have faith in ourselves.  This is a powerful reminder that, ultimately, it’s up to us to make a difference in our lives.  Believing is a great place to start!  Thank you!

  • Jmtemple1979

    God could care less about football. It is one thing to have faith and hope but another to be completely delusional that you got your fame and fortune and good playing skills from a supernatural power. Their are many talented people out there that deserve to have their voice heard and it is due to practice, patience and the will to have faith in themselves to keep going.

  • Anonymous

    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 has promised “HOPE” and “CHANGE”.  However, the most successful people in business, sports, and life are those guided by a “higher power”, internally motivated to do find their vocation, reach their goals and ultimately do good.