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A Fool’s Errand

A Fool’s Errand

Since Shoreline began, we have tried to serve our community. We worked with LAMP from the beginning to assist their mission of providing a hand-up instead of a hand-out. Their transitional housing program is a wonderful asset to Lowndes and surrounding counties. We continue to look for ways to help them and get their message out.

Some of Shoreline’s leadership were able to attend LAMP’s Changing Lives Dinner, which is their primary fundraising event. We heard great stories from people who had their lives changed by LAMP’s ministry. We also heard from the keynote speaker Pam Tebow. Yes…that Tebow. Or, to use her words: Timmy’s mom. 

When it comes to Tim Tebow, Scott James says it best, “If you have a problem with Tim Tebow, that’s your character flaw, not his.” I completely agree! I am not a Florida Gator fan, but I still pull for Tim Tebow. While he is a gifted athlete, competing as a professional athlete in football and baseball, it is what he does off the field that draws my support.

Tim Tebow is involved in numerous charities and is always willing to help someone in need. His witness goes beyond deeds. Many of us are willing to help or serve, but Tebow also shares the words that go with those actions. He is an evangelist for Jesus.

Tim Tebow is constantly ridiculed for living for Jesus in word and deed. He remains abstinent, waiting on marriage to have sex. He stays positive even when criticized for being too religious in a secular world. His story is pro-life because his mother was told to abort him because of medical complications. Even that witnesses to what the church is about.

None of this deters Tebow from his mission. I am sure it hurts a little…probably a whole bunch, but it does not stop him. I realized recently why he takes it in stride while not swerving from his course: Tim Tebow learned a long time ago what some of us are still working on: We must be fools for the Gospel.

What are you a fool for? You can be a fool for football before you are a fool for God, and that seems to make perfect sense. I don’t want to embarrass myself…as you paint your face and lose your mind supporting your favorite team. (I have done both of those things.) God is asking us to be completely committed to Him, and that may look foolish.

The joke is on the haters; Tim Tebow is not the fool. He is a servant of Christ, our Master. All the wonderful things he does for special needs children and many charities is done by God’s promptings in Tebow. So, when people make fun of him for being too good or too hokey, it is really God they are ridiculing.

Paul said it best in 1 Cor. 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” We have the power of God working through us and prompting us to do amazing things. Changing lives is the process of discipleship. Jesus changes us, and we help change others. Relying on and serving others may seem foolish, but it is the only way to truly be alive.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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