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Worldly rejection – although incredibly painful at times for humans to endure – can be an immense spiritual blessing. Nevertheless, Tim Tebow is naturally hurting as he struggles with rejections from Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, as well as from David Caldwell of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Greg Couch of Fox Sports has this take on it: It has been an important life lesson for Tim Tebow, spending a year at the bottom of the barrel… Ryan and Tebow were never going to be a good mix, like oil and walking-on-water. Within an Associated
Press Fox Sports article, Tebow himself had this to say about his much-maligned absence from recent wildcat packages: For people to not know the situation and then start to bash your character
and then say you're a phony or you're a fake or you're a hypocrite, I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating… You work your whole life to build a reputation, and then people try to bring you down when they don't understand even what happened…
But what if building a good worldly reputation is not the point – and is actually counter to the point – of leading a righteous life?
There is a Streams of Prophecy blogger who describes herself as "a Christian woman who has been tested and tried in my faith since receiving Christ in my teens." In a post titled "On the Subject of Worldly Rejection and Spiritual Agenda" she states: Experientially, I have always found it difficult to weather rejection from any source in my world… This is due in large part to wrong thinking… If, as a Christian, one's thinking is correct about rejection from the world, your perspective is totally opposite of the world. Where the world says you have failed to make it happen, the Christian should be saying, thank you Father for closing that door…
There's lots of speculation about which doors will open in Tebow's future. Christianity teaches that God will swing wide the holiest of gates for those that truly walk the talk.
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