Seeing Life Through A Different Lens

“It still wasn’t a bad day,” said Denver Quarterback Tim Tebow. “It still was a good day.”  What day was he talking about?  When he had a flat tire on his car?  Or his cell phone died?  Probably when he had an off game, but the team still won?  Right?

Wrong! The day Tim was talking about was when Denver got hammered by the New England Patriots 45-10 in AFC divisional match up.

Tim Tebow’s stats?  Just 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards.  No touchdowns.  Sacked 5 times. Lost a fumble.  And running, which is his greatest strength?  Only 13 yards!  Most of us, including myself, would say it was a terrible day!  A lousy day!  The worst of my football career!  So how does Tebow say, “It was still a good day”?

He says, “Because I got to spend some time before the game with Zack McLeod and make him smile, and overall when you get to do that, it’s still a positive day.”   Zack, a 20-year-old Cambridge native who suffered a traumatic brain injury playing football, was a guest of Tebow’s for the playoff game. Each week through his foundation’s program called W15H, Tim Tebow invites someone who is sick, suffering, or maybe even dying to a Denver football game, whether at home or away.  Tim pays for their air fare, hotel, rental car and meals.  He gets them pregame passes, visits with them before and after the game, then walks them to their car and presents them with a going away gift basket.

Regarding the day still being good in spite of the severe beating he and the Broncos suffered, Tim observed, “Sometimes that’s hard to see, but it depends what lens you’re looking through. I choose to look through those lenses, and I got to make a kid’s day, that’s more important than winning the game.”

Tim Tebow sees life through a different lens than most professional athletes.  In an article by sports writer Rick Reilly, Tebow comments on his interaction with people like Zack, “Here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference.”

Through what lens do you see life?  God’s lens?  Or the world’s lens?

When a fellow was looking through the lens of materialism, Jesus warned, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Lk 12:15).  Some folks look through the lens of greed, others through the lens of generosity.

When the disciples were arguing over who is going to be the greatest in the Kingdom, Jesus reproved them saying, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave” (Matt 22:26-27). While some are looking through the lens of selfishness, others are looking through the lens of service.

And when a certain lawyer tried to trap Jesus by asking “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus turned the tables by asking what the Law said.  After reciting the greatest two commandments of loving God, then one’s neighbor, he sought to justify himself by asking, “Who is my neighbor?”  It was then that Jesus told one of His most famous and poignant parables–The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).  The priest and Levite saw the battered and beaten man through the lens of inconvenience and indifference, the Samaritan saw him through the lens of compassion and charity.

How do you look at life?  At your circumstances?  Setbacks?  Victories? Defeats?  Chuck Swindoll once wrote.  “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”  And how you react will depend on what lens you’re looking through.  And that can make a  big difference in someone else’s life.

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6 responses to “Seeing Life Through A Different Lens

  1. Love this! I get so tired of people putting Tebow down simply because he’s a Christian & tries to do the right thing. He seems like a really good guy & an example of how a Christian should live their life. I definitely will be sharing this on Facebook.

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  2. Betty Rhodes

    Ken – Well, Wow!
    Gotta Love Tebow! Thanks for sharing such a great story! You have always been an expert at that!

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  3. Janice Grant - Chiefland

    Awesome thoughts on a great topic. We all need to try to look with more compassion and love in these trying times. Thanks for reminding us.

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