(UPDATE: James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.)
If that is the case, then let's all consider this a passing of the torch from Tebow to us all. If he can't wear eye black verses in the NFL, then we can "wear" it for him.
Tim Tebow is a great guy, but one man can only do so much. If you truly agree with what he stands for, and that is helping out those around him, then do the same. Instead of thinking its great that he's a "breath of fresh air" or a "light in the darkness" how about joining in and making Tim's decency commonplace? If not, then this is the world we will leave the next generation (via Gawker):
You see, Timmy, Americans don't want football heroes who walk around with actual, visible halos. Marketers don't want that, either. For all the lip service paid to clean living, America really doesn't give a **** if its celebrity product endorsers cheat on their wives or gamble or smoke weed. Tiger Woods will be back soon enough, and Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps already are. This makes them relatable. Very few consumers can relate to a guy who is a virgin by choice despite having the entire UF student body at his disposal (we anxiously await your inevitable sex scandal, btw). Before you know it you'll be stuck endorsing megachurches and Christian t-shirt companies while your straying teammates sell Gatorade and Taco Bell and Ford Trucks to their fellow sinners.
In football, furthermore, Americans like a little taste of the criminal. Look at the guys who've made the cover of Madeen Football recently: Michael Vick was imprisoned for dog fighting, Ray Lewis beat a murder rap. Does anyone really care? No, they do not. Deep down, people enjoy the knowledge that their supermasculine heroes behave in supermasculine ways, by ***ing and fighting and getting ***ed up. Consumers need to enjoy that cozy feeling of aspirational identification in order to smooth the way towards product purchases.
We do care, but caring is not enough. You've got to do something about it. As this chapter in Tim Tebow's story fades to black, we ask you to carry it on for him and be an eye black challenger.
The Eye Black Challenge: Whether you are an army of one, a large group, or something in between, our challenge is for you to don your own eye black and make a difference in someone else's life.
Help a neighbor,
baby sit for a single parent or young couple,
take a kid to a sporting event,
coach a team,
volunteer at your local soup kitchen,
donate to your favorite charity,
send a package to our armed services serving overseas,
lead a support group,
foster or adopt a child in need,
give someone a hug or needed word of encouragement,
or simply put your cart away at the grocery store.
Whatever it is, do something you enjoy!
Small things become large things when added one by one. And whether you realize it or not, someone is watching, and that makes us all leaders. Great and small.
Again, our challenge to you is to don your eye black (with your favorite verse, loved one's name, area code, or whatever is most important to you), and get out there and do something to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.
Send us your stories and photos, and we'll post them as inspiration for others.
Or post them to the Tebow's Eyeblack Facebook wall.
Wherever you may be in life, join us now, and make a difference for good.