Whether or not you’re a Bronco’s fan, or just a football fan, you’ve probably heard of Tim Tebow‘s “Tebowing.” After a successful touchdown, he’ll put his elbow to his knee, fist to forehead, and take a specially postured moment to thank God. We’re all are familiar with how sports takes on the meanings and vocabulary of Christianity, from the “Hail Mary pass” to players thanking God in press conferences after a win. Likewise, the Bible is full of references to sports, from racing with “perseverance” in Hebrews to the apostle Paul’s assertion “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Many people see the match of Tim Tebow and Tom Brady as a competition between two opposite human facilities, faith and intellect. While it makes for entertaining drama, I wonder if there is too much ado about nothing. It’s impossible not to go back to the image itself: the chiseled, athletic figure in his now famous pose. But look closely and you’ll notice it’s almost identical to another iconic image, Rodin’s “The Thinker.” Perhaps the similarity should remind us that, at bottom, thinking and prayer are not that different. After all, both practices require blocking outside distractions and searching for answers within the confines of our own consciousness. The transcendent thought required to generate a miracle, or even just to do anything exceptional, necessarily differs from the systematic way we operate on a daily basis.  Keep Killin’ It! And enjoy the playoffs!

Tim Tebowing and Rodin's The Thinker

Tim Tebowing and Rodin's The Thinker

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