By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to talk about is the power of influence in our kids’ lives. I encourage parents to help their kids choose good friends in real life, and to choose good role models via books, social media and entertainment. And if you have read any of my books or have taken my Character Training Course, you know that one of the top role models I will recommend for boys and girls alike is Tim Tebow. Tim has influenced all of my boys with his humble attitude, great stories, and love for God and people. Tim’s books have been a huge encouragement to my boys!
Tim’s publisher, Waterbrook (who also published Boy Mom!) sent us a copy of his newest book: MISSION POSSIBLE: Go Create a Life That Counts! — Young Reader’s Edition. Levi (12) ais really enjoying it! Since I get so many requests for books for tween and teenage kids I wanted to share an excerpt with you here! (See bottom of this post for links to the different-age versions of this book as well as a devotional!)
And even better! —> Tim/Waterbrook have also offered to give 3 copies away to my blog readers!! (See below for how to enter!)
I hope you enjoy the following excerpt from Mission Possible Young Reader’s Edition by Tim Tebow.
Pursue the What, and God Will Take Care of the Why and How, by Tim Tebow
I know what it’s like to pray and ask God for guidance in making a decision and not hear a clear response. I’ve often prayed and asked the Lord to show me the answer. I sought wise counsel, I talked to pastors, but I still felt stuck. And you know what? Not hearing specific guidance or direction doesn’t mean God isn’t leading me, nor does it mean He is not with me.
Part of walking by faith and not by sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:7) is that sometimes we just don’t know what God wants us to do.
We may believe we have a sense of where He is leading us, but often He doesn’t leak the details.
If you look through the Bible, you’ll notice that God has a habit of handing out assignments in which He reveals the what (and sometimes not too much of that) and very little of the how and why. It seems like He’s always giving us opportunities to depend on Him rather than ourselves.
You might remember the story of Noah and the ark in Genesis 6 and 7. God had an unusual mission for Noah. Not only was this mission something that hadn’t been done before, but it was also going to take a crazy amount of time and seem ludicrous.
“There’s going to be a flood, so build a gigantic boat for me to save you and your family,” God basically told Noah and then proceeded to give him detailed instructions on how to do it. Here’s the kicker. There is no mention of falling rain in the Bible before the flood. The earth, according to some scholars, may have been watered by only a mist. Others believe the amount of water in the ground was enough to hydrate the earth’s vegetation or that humans may have created a type of irrigation system. In any case, no one could have anticipated a violent rainstorm, let alone a flood.
It could have taken Noah close to a hundred years to build this massive ship. A hundred years! I waited a long time to meet the right woman, but I don’t know if I could have waited another seventy or eighty years. (Who are we kidding? For Demi? Of course I would have!)
Noah must have been exhausted after almost a century of measuring, cutting, and hammering all day. Picture with me what it must have felt like to be him.
Noah lets out a big sigh and settles onto the gopher-wood floor. He smiles, beaming proudly at the smooth surface. Not a bad sanding job for a first-timer. Biting into his peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, he tries to ignore his bickering coworkers: his three sons. It is only day thirty, and the framework built barely resembles the skeleton of a massive ship. But it is something that wasn’t there thirty days ago.
Noah’s day will be over soon and he’ll be home taking a long hot bath. He dreads the comments that await him on social media.
“An ark? He’s got nothing better to do? Why doesn’t he get a real job?”
“God spoke to him? Really? What makes him so special?”
“He must have gotten a good sponsorship deal with the construction tools or something.”
Noah keeps any doubts that creep up to himself. And although he doesn’t totally agree with those negative opinions of his project, he can’t ignore that dull gnawing in his spirit: Is this some sort of sick joke or twisted test? How much longer can I keep up this grueling pace? Will rain really come? This doesn’t make sense. None of it does!
As he chews and questions and contemplates his mission, he sighs. What else is he going to do? So after flicking off the crumbs stuck on his beard, he picks up his hammer and keeps going. Bam, bam, bam!
One day, shortly after turning six hundred years old, Noah notices the sky mysteriously darken well before sunset. Lightning cracks in the distance. And out of nowhere, a blanket of angry clouds begins to shroud every inch of daylight, the overture to an outpouring of rain pelting the ground. Noah and his family take cover in the ark. As rolling thunder shakes the ship, Noah remembers what God told him: “After seven more days, I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights” (Genesis 7:4). Almost a century has passed since Noah had received God’s mission command.
What can we learn from this man who had stayed faithful even in the face of many questions and doubts? It’s not about knowing every detail or having an answer for every question; it’s about stepping out in faith and doing what you know is the right thing to do, the thing that God wants you to do. If it’s starting a Bible study at school, you do it. If it’s inviting the kid no one talks to out to lunch, you do it. If it’s helping your elderly neighbor carry groceries, you do it.
You move forward in your mission even if you make a mistake or take a wrong turn. Let’s park here for a sec. Mission-possible living is not about perfection; it’s about a person, and that person is Jesus. Walking by faith isn’t about never messing up; it’s about admitting that you are made righteous because you’ve placed your trust in Jesus. If you find yourself off track because you made the wrong decision or stumbled along the way, don’t focus on that mistake. There will never be a day in which we make perfect choices, have perfect thoughts, and make all the right moves. I’m so glad imperfections don’t disqualify us from finishing the race.
The only thing that keeps us from moving mission forward is ourselves. We are responsible for keeping it moving, even if it’s taking us longer than expected, even when our friends think we’re crazy, and even if others question our motives. When you don’t know what to do, depend on God. You don’t need to have it all figured out. He does. The Bible tells us, “Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” (Romans 11:33–34). We can’t figure God out. And you know what? I don’t want to serve a God I can figure out. If we could, we’d hang right on His level and we wouldn’t need Him at all. God knows the plot twists and turns that are coming, as well as the opportunities. Rest in this.
The key is to start where you are. What can you do, starting now, to begin living a mission-possible life?
Excerpted from Mission Possible Young Reader’s Edition by Tim Tebow. Copyright © 2023 by Tim Tebow. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick, former professional baseball player, and college football analyst with ESPN and the SEC Network. He’s also the founder and leader of the Tim Tebow Foundation and the author of five New York Times bestselling books, including Mission Possible. His newest books are the Mission Possible Young Reader’s Edition and Mission Possible One-Year Devotional. Tim and his wife, Demi-Leigh Tebow (Miss Universe 2017), live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three dogs. Visit him at TimTebow.com and @timtebow.