I don't hand out admaration lightly. I served 8 years in the U.S. Army, and have been around a lot of fine young men and women. I have seen people who claim to be one thing and yet are another. I have seen the best of what this country has to offer and I have also seen the worst.
When I was around 12 years old I loved to watch Jay Barker play football for the Tide. He was a awesome football player, a fine leader, and an even better human being. He was someone that I looked up to and that my parents were glad i admired. Win, lose, or draw Jay Barker always thanked God for his blessings.
Today we as a society seem to think that is alright if sports stars drink, fight, cuss, cheat, do drugs, or even act like thugs as long as they win. We tell our kids don't be like them, yet we watch them make millions and cheer them on when their winning for our team.
I have to teenage boys and when ever they turn on the tv to watch anything they are bombarded by sexy ads, or premisques tv shows, or MTV wich apparently has never even heard of the word morality. We have athletes, movie stars, and even politicians who are presenting negative images of how we should lead or lives.
Yes I know that this is America and anyone has the right to live their live how they see fit. I have personely fought for that right and have had friends lay down their lives for it. That still does not change my opionin or make the facts any less true that we have given celebrities a pass if they just keep on winning.
I do not agree for one second with the clown who asked Tim Tebow if he was saving himself for marriage, but I am glad Tim answered with dignity and maintained the image that I have come to admire. Tim Tebow is someone I hope my kids turn out like.
I don't care if they ever win a national title or a Heisman trophy, I wish it could happen, but I hope they become good men. I want them to be good leaders, set the right example, and stand tall in the face of adversity. I want them to say no when put in a hard situation and faced with peer pressure. I wish from the bottom of my heart that they serve a calling greater than themselves. Most of all I hope that they stand true to there faith wether it be the night after winning a national title or at friends house.
As a father I know that it is my responsibility to set the example for my children to follow. I accept that my shortcomings will be a far greater impact on my childrens development than some celebrity. But I am glad that there is at least one shinning successfull example of what I am trying to teach my children.
I know that there are tons of other sports, tv, movie, and other celebrites who set postive examples and I thank them for it. I have merely commented on the one that has so duely caught my eye. Thankyou Tim and may the Lord continue to bless you in all that you do.
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