Why Tebow wore Proverbs

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If you were wondering why Tim Tebow was wearing “Proverbs 3: 5-6” on his eye black for Florida’s opener, Nancy Searles has provided the answer.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow greets players after the Gators' 62-3 win over Charleston Southern Saturday while sporting the bible verse Proverbs 3:5, which according to the New King James Version says "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding." (Photo by Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun)
Photo by Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun

The local realtor had her granddaughter Makayla, who lives in West Palm Beach, at the game and at the Gator Walk. She was carrying a sign that had “Proverbs 3: 5-6” on it.

Writes Searles in an e-mail: “Never in our wildest dreams did we expect Tim Tebow to stop in the middle of the Gator Walk to come over to my granddaughter who was holding the verse PROVERB 3: 5-6 on a sign. He stooped over and said hello to her, my other two granddaughters Kelsey and Lindsay and her two friends Kendall and Hannah. While stooped over he told Makayla that Proverbs 3: 5-6 was a great verse and he would put that on his cheek for the game and HE DID.”

So now you know. And if you didn’t know, this is what it says:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

29 COMMENTS

  1. Tim Tebow is a most remarkable young man by influnencing fans with his witness to God. I was there and got a glimpse of him walking the “Gator Walk” and then saw him on the field wheeling the little boy in the wheelchair and then gave him the football. Such an inspiration for all. Tim keep you the good work on and off the football field.

  2. This kind of thing really means a lot in a day when most news is a continual outpouring of shameless scandal. He does things quietly too and, it seems like, for the right reasons: not to appear great but to encourage and witness. In a world full of illusions, Tebow seems like the real deal. If this is true, praise God.

  3. I guess that means all the time practicing, watching film and game-planning is a complete waste, right? After all, understanding an opponent’s defensive tendencies is “leaning on one’s own understanding” of those tendencies, isn’t it? Recognizing a blitz package or a particular coverage is as well. If that verse is truly meaningful to Tebow, shouldn’t he eschew all of those worldly endeavors and, instead of talking to Mullen and choosing a play based on the down, distance and defense, just pray about it and wait for Jesus to send in the call? Or does the verse merely require us to “lean not on our understanding” in all areas but football? If so, why is a football game an exception?

  4. I have many friends at OTHER SEC schools. Even they say “you can not hate Tebow”. His influence goes very wide and it is nice to see someone leading by example. UF has been blessed with its share of students with Integrity. His reach is immeasurable and there is no doubt that Football is not who Tim is, it is the path he is using to who he will become.

  5. Tim Tebow is a a great mentor not only to our youth but to adults as well. It’s just as non-Gator fans say; Even if your not a Gator fan, you have to love and look up to someone like timmy. Not to point fingers at the people nocking Tim beacause i am not perfect and am a sinner like all, but don’t read scripture out of context. Proverbs 3:5-6 is not talking about Trusting in God on what play to call. It’s meaning to trust in God not only when times are good but also when things are not going your way. Doing this he will show the straight and sometimes narrow path,but it will workout for best. Remember it’s God’s will not yours.

  6. To those of you saying “keep religion and sports seperate” or “wait for Jesus to send in the play”, you just don’t get it. It’s not about religion. It is Tim Tebow’s relationship with God and his giving credit to the one who gave him the abilities he has. Besides being the best college quarterback in my lifetime of 44 years, he is also the best role model I have ever seen. The Heisman and the national titles really mean less to him than his work off the football field and that is very rare. Thank you Tim, I am grateful to have witnessed you using your talent for Christ!

  7. Fire up your DVRs, cam-corders, BETA MAX, VCRs, whatever you have and record every second of Timmy’s senior year of football at the University of Florida. There won’t be another like him in a long, long time, if ever.

  8. I wonder if you would feel the same way if he did the same things without the Scriptures? He is a very rare example of a good young man with great values and the will and determination to take responsibility and strive, and achieve very lofty goals. But because he is a Christian, you exhalt him. I am sure they are plenty of other great examples of humanitarianism, volunteerism, philanthropy–even from young men and woman. But, you could care less because you wouldn’t be able to use it as a Pro-Christian, Anti-anything else we are afraid of at the moment agenda.

    I am a man who is NOT a Christian. And because of that, I am less than you–in your eyes. Most Christians are phonies who are just better at keeping secrets. However, Tebow is a shining example of what is good about Christianity. He loves, uplifts, counsels, consoles, and strengthens ANYONE who he comes into contact with–and does not judge. Even those in prison; even those on death row–which I’ve read, he hopes to visit. Jesus-like behavior if I ever witnessed it. He would love the homosexual, the criminal, the Atheist, as he would anyone else. I don’t ever hear him criticism those that are different, believe differently, or look differently.

    If there were more Christians that truly strove for living an honest, Christian life, I would champion the cause. However, the truth is–most of you are not like Tebow. You judge, you deceive, you manipulate, you control, you villify, and you distort the true teachings of Christ. You speak of family values, as you cheat; you speak of honesty, as you steal. Hypocrites. Worse, you don’t hold your cohorts accountable. As if their transgressions are acceptable, but other’s aren’t, because they aren’t Christian.

    I don’t have a problem with the wonderful teachings of Jesus, or Buddha, or whomever. I have a problem with those that distort his true teachings for their own benefit.

    Tebow is a shining light in the world of Christian darkness that we are witnessing today. Tebow, my brother, you have, and I am sure, you will continue to earn, every blessing that comes your way. You have already earned it. Please forgive your cohorts because they haven’t learned a thing from you–yet. There is still time.

    I hope someday all of God’s children can learn to love each other.

  9. Chuck, son, we are all children of God. Like a father to his children, He watches over us. He allows us to play our children games, fall and rise up according to our whims. But when we fall, He is there to pick us up and guide us when we call. It is not always the way we want it to be, but then again, it is the game in what we call life. In the end, it is not if we win or lose, but the way we behave in these games that count. We will be judged in how we live our life.
    Sooo… let’s play football!

  10. I am a LSU fan , but all sports should be sould be as blessed as Flordia to have a leader like Tim Tebow. For me it an honor for LSU to play them. He shows what college sports should be about. Tim in my humble opion has been blessed with much more than football awards, he as it appears to me is showing what it means to walk the narrow path. Tim I thank has won the greatest award, TEACHER BY EXAMPLE.

  11. Tim Tebow, is a marvelous football player as well as a man of God. He holds the gift of inspiration and hope which he gives each and everyone of us some way or another. He has inspired my two younger brothers to be more open about our Lord and to evangelize to the other kids they know. I think that is awesome!!
    Keep doin your thing Tim. You are so going to be rewarded in Heaven for what you do here on earth. Jus think of all the people you have led to Christ!! Praise Him!!

  12. Hawkhank said – I guess that means all the time practicing, watching film and game-planning is a complete waste, right? After all, understanding an opponent’s defensive tendencies is “leaning on one’s own understanding” of those tendencies, isn’t it? Recognizing a blitz package or a particular coverage is as well. If that verse is truly meaningful to Tebow, shouldn’t he eschew all of those worldly endeavors and, instead of talking to Mullen and choosing a play based on the down, distance and defense, just pray about it and wait for Jesus to send in the call? Or does the verse merely require us to “lean not on our understanding” in all areas but football? If so, why is a football game an exception?

    What the verse is talking about is not putting you trust so much in our own abilities, but instead putting our trust completely in the Lord. If we do this, God promises to direct our lives.
    Example: say you were unfairly called for a pass interference penalty, and you could not understand how they got it wrong. Normally you might be angry, but instead you prayed and turned it over to God and trusted in Him to handle it. Later in the game God BLESSED you with a game winning interception.
    Pr 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    Pr 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

  13. Hey Chuck,

    Last time I read a history book, our country was founded on religion. If you want to keep sports and religion separate, I suggest you move to a communist country. You just might fit in.

    As far as Tim’s convictions, our country, and world for that matter, can’t have enough people that set a good example.

    God bless.

  14. Tim Tebow is a young Christian Man who has inspired and set good examples for others.He has been blessed with leadership abilities which he has used to lead the U&F to many victories.

    Taking the time to speak to the young girls concerning
    Proverbs 3:5-6 shows his Christian Commitment. God Bless you now Tebow and in the years ahead.