Former NFL player Tim Tebow, who is known for his devout faith and good works, told The Church Boys podcast this week that he wants his personal legacy to be one of loving and caring for others, and revealed the key moment that profoundly impacted his Christian "testimony."
"It's not about how much you have in your bank account. It's about the lives that you've changed," said Tebow, who is co-hosting season two of Fox's soon-to-premiere show "Home Free." "So, that's what I want my life to be about."
The Heisman Trophy winner said that it's important for everyone to consider what they want their lives to represent, imploring listeners to consider what they want to see when they introspectively look back 40 or 50 years from now and consider their past thoughts and actions.
"What am I living for? Am I living for eternal things? Am I living for the here and now? Am I living for money, fame and power? What do I want my life to mean?" Tebow asked. "When we die, there's going to be a dash in between the date we were born and the date that we died, and that dash is going to represent everything we did in our life. And what is that dash going to represent?"
The former football player also expressed his gratitude for the platform that he believes God has given him through sports and other venues, and explained an experience that he had as a teenager that had "such an impact on [his] testimony."
"When on my first missions trip to the Phillippines I got to meet a special boy that really impacted my life," he said, describing a child, named Sherwin, whose feet were backwards — a birth defect that villagers assumed meant the child was cursed. "I got to be able to carry him and just share with the village that he's not cursed, that he's loved by God."
It was an experience that Tebow never forgot, and when he opened the Tebow CURE Hospital years later in the Philippines, he devoted the hospital to helping children with pediatric orthopedic needs.
"Now, to be able to have a hospital in the Philippines that we take kids in ... they have something where people say, 'There's something wrong with you,'" he said. "Because of the impact [he] had on my life and my heart when I was 15, that's pretty special."
Tebow also focused on the need for humility in life — a sentiment that he has repeatedly shown in the public square over the years, explaining that one's level of humility is an indicator of where he or she stands with his or her faith.
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) prays in the end zone before the start of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
"Trying to be humble is a state of recognition of where you're at in your relationship to Christ in knowing that I have nothing to brag about ... I've been blessed with certain gifts and I've been able to use them, but they can be gone instantly," he said. "That's why you just can't brag about stuff. The only thing that we've called to brag about is our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, because he's the one that did everything for us and he overcame death and hell and everything else and he's the reason that we get to stand in victory, because we know him and we love him."
As for his new hosting gig on "Home Free," Tebow said that he was drawn to the show due to its "overarching theme of love and sacrifice," explaining that contestants compete to try and win a home for their personal heroes — an individual who has made an impact on their lives.
"In a time when so much is about me and us ... and just a very selfish outlook this is a show that's all about changing other peoples' lives," he said. "We have the chance to change peoples' lives and give them hope for the future."
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