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Tim Tebow Explains How Success Can 'Spoil' the True Meaning of the Gospel


Tim Tebow is widely regarded as a very successful individual. He’s one of the most recognized faces in sports, he’s not ashamed to talk about his faith and he just got engaged to a gorgeous Christian woman.

And now? Now, he’s producing a movie.

Tebow and his brother Robby have joined forces to produce “Run the Race,” a film about athletic brothers who overcome difficulties and highlight God’s care.

“In RUN THE RACE,” the official website reads, “two desperate brothers sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

“Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town.

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“When a devastating injury puts Zach — and his dreams — on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

“In theaters February 22nd, RUN THE RACE shows what’s possible when you run to — instead of from — the overwhelming love of God.”

There’s a saying that you should “write what you know,” and Tebow has certainly taken that to heart with this film. He’s experienced some amazing wins and some crushing blows, but he’s convinced that the trials have made him stronger.

“Sometimes God opens a door and he closes other ones and it’s (about) trying to walk by faith in the midst of it when we don’t always know it,” he said during an interview with Faithwire. “There were times when I thought, ‘OK, God, this is gonna be cool. Let’s just go win a few Super Bowls and it’ll be great.'”

“It’s understanding that it’s not always gonna be perfect, but through the trials and tribulations, our faith is tested and we gain endurance and God uses so much of that to build our faith and to encourage us, but also we can see that he’s with us in the highs and in the lows.”

“The race isn’t always just about winning — and you’re talking to a very competitive person who likes winning a lot,” Tebow said during another interview with Faithwire. “But running the race in life isn’t about just the more we have, the stuff we have, the accomplishments we have. It’s who we are as we’re running and what are we running after.”

He said that success can have its downfalls and that sometimes if life is too easy we can get “spoiled” and be tempted to drift, finding self-sufficiency and fulfillment in things or accomplishments instead of in God and His work in our lives.

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That thought certainly finds good company in the gospel of Matthew: “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

If we have been blessed with talent or stewardship of financial resources, we have a great responsibility, both to use those gifts wisely and to not rely on them instead of God.

There’s nothing wrong with being thankful for these blessings and enjoying them as gifts from God, but as Tebow says, having “things at our fingertips can make us spoiled” and distract us from what is truly important in life.

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