American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it’s like to face pressure head-on. In his new-released book ‘Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters’, he shares the wisdom he’s learned—not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.
“The world does not define you: Not the clothes you wear. Not the kind of music you listen to. Not the mistakes you’ve made. Not the trophies you’ve won. You are not defined by what others think of you, good or bad, or how many people follow or like you on Instagram or Snapchat or Facebook,” he writes in his new book.
“You are not defined by the talents you have or don’t have. There is only one thing, one person, who defines your identity. His name is Jesus Christ. When you stop trying to follow the crowd, look a certain way, or do things just like everyone else, you can finally live in the unique design with which you were created. Because you are unique. You have value. And you matter! When you let God rule your heart and your life, you can begin to live at your best.”
“Isn’t that what we all want? To be what God created us to be? To live out the dreams He planted in our hearts even before we were born? The only way you can begin to do this is to know whose you are. When you are secure in your identity, it will change you. It will give you purpose. It will help you handle tough times. It helps shape your future. It helps you see that you are not here by chance. And nothing can take that away!”
The most important day
Tim Tebow also reveals details on his spiritual birth. “A few weeks before I started working on this book, I celebrated my spiritual birthday. Actually, I had so many things going on that I forgot. My mom reminded me. She even made me a cake! It’s fun to celebrate birthdays with parties and presents, but you know what’s even more important? Celebrating the day you were born into God’s family. The day you asked Jesus into your heart.”
“Church was a huge part of my life growing up. At home, my parents taught me the importance of faith in Jesus and studied Scripture with me. In fact, one of the first Bible verses I memorized was John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.'”
“This verse is the foundation of what it means to be a Christian. Maybe you’ve heard or read this verse hundreds of times. Maybe, like me, it’s one of the first verses you memorized. Before you understand who you are, you have to know whose you are.”
“I remember waking up one morning when I was six years old. Living on a forty-four-acre farm, my two brothers, two sisters, and I had a long chore list. There was always something to do. Mow lawns. Chase cows into the field. Lift hay bales. Chop wood. Weed the garden. That morning, before I set out to do my chores and while Dad was running the tractor, I told my mom I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart. It was the most important day of my life. In fact, my parents were so thrilled, we celebrated by eating dinner that night at one of the largest McDonald’s in the world. (Though even at six, I should have known better than to chow down a Big Mac.) The next day, the festivities continued at Epcot.”
“I like to say that identity comes not necessarily from who we are but from whose we are. If you believe in Jesus, you are a son or daughter of God. You are the object of His love. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. And He will never, ever leave or forsake you.”