Sometimes in life we have to make difficult, irreversible decisions – decisions like, who should I marry? or, Should I take this new, higher-paying job out of state and move my family? or, Should I have surgery to correct this physical problem I was born with, or should I accept it as God’s will for me? or, Would God be more pleased if I served Him as a missionary, or as a professional football player? This is a question one young man, Tim Tebow, had to answer.
Tim grew up in the home of godly missionary parents. Even though he excelled in football, he always wanted to be a missionary like them. But after several successful seasons in college, he changed his mind and decided to play in the pros.
In Tim’s first season as a professional, the young athlete did very well. He became rich and famous. He didn’t compromise his purity or his testimony, and he gave the gospel whenever he had the chance. As a celebrity, it looked like he was able to do more for God than he ever could have done as a missionary. Did he make the right decision?
Personally, I believe Tim should have been a missionary if that’s what God first called him to do. That’s my opinion – but Tim’s decision is between him and God. It is not fair for anyone to judge him because of the choice he made. If he is in God’s will, then God will bless him and use him more than he can imagine; but if he is not where God wants him, then Tim will be disappointed.
As a rule of thumb when making difficult, “Tim Tebow” decisions, make sure you do it God’s way. That means you need to get counsel from godly people who will tell you the truth. It means praying about the decision and seriously thinking it through. Most importantly, wait for Him to give His peace about the decision before going through with it.
For every “Tim Tebow” Question, God has an appropriate answer. Wait for it – then make the decision, knowing that you are doing what God wants.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – President Theodore Roosevelt
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder