I’m sure you’ve heard of Tim Tebow. Just in case you haven’t, here’s his inspirational story and his 2010 Heisman Trophy speech…
This morning, I watched the following interview on FoxNews.com about Tim Tebow… and I thought about chapter 15 of my soon to be released book. Watch the video, then read the book clip. I hope you are inspired!
Make Me A Legend
Chapter 15: Bow Lower As You Climb Higher
Sometimes I Fear Success
This is not my final topic, but it is the topic I saved to write after finishing the rest of this book—because I felt like God needed to create a deep metamorphosis in my own heart before I could really say this like it needs to be said. I never want to be a hypocrite on purpose or in ignorance, so I have to be honest with you—I am still working very hard to walk out so many of the things I am about to lead you through. Please pray for me that I will become everything I am asking you to be. Just like you, I want to be so much more like Jesus—and sometimes I still fall way short of that.
I often think of all the men and women who once stood where I am standing right now—all the beautiful Christian people who started out with a similar degree of humility toward others and a perfect dependence on God. I think of all the men who once loved their wives, cherished their families, and desired nothing in life except to run a faithful race. I think about the times they must have prayed, “Please God, don’t let anything in this whole universe ever drag me away from You. Please, don’t ever let me forget where I came from. Don’t let me fall down and make a fool of You in front of everyone. Keep me pure and humble as I ascend the ladders of success.” Then, after five or ten years of being worn down and trodden over, they wake up to an entirely different, far more evil version of themselves. In outright perplexity, they are left to wonder, “What happened to my heart? Dear God, how I have lost myself!” This is why I fear success sometimes.
Remember the title of this book, Make Me a Legend? It’s all about becoming powerful, aiming big, taking risks, and changing the world. I am not writing this chapter to fill your mind with fear. No way! On the contrary, I am simply asking you to consider the risks and prepare for them—you know, to count the cost. Jesus said:
But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, “There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!” (Luke 14:28-30)
Saving My Future—and Yours
Of all the chapters in this book, this is the one I send ahead of us—to save our future! It is the chapter I hope you will read once or twice a year for the rest of your life. I feel such a pressing obligation to get this out of me, I don’t even want to walk out of my office one more time or lay my head down one more night before this is penned. This is the message I am fearful that we may forget as we succeed, the one I am writing before my own heart has a chance to harden.
Beware, the Angry Mobs
Every time a high profile person collapses, I feel their pain like it is happening to my family and me. I am not one to churn out the jokes, or shove the strugglers down to hell. While the newscasters, talk show hosts, and self-righteous church folks mock and jeer and hiss and boo for months to years, I fall down on my face in intercession for these humiliated people and their suffering families. I pray for fallen people, no matter how hideously they have transgressed, oftentimes with a river of tears, that God will bend down in His great mercy and nurse them back to life. In what is thought to be the oldest book of the New Testament, James recorded:
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:12-13 NIV).
Merciless people outrage me, when they so arrogantly sidestep their own failures to “expose” a broken person. One self-righteous person gets a taste of blood, then another, and a few more—and in a matter of seconds, a mob is formed. It is one of my highest life goals: to never lead an angry mob or join one. Neither do I wish to validate a mobster’s destructive agenda with my spineless neutrality. I want there to be no mistake about my position. If I can’t bring positive influence that leads to a mobster’s change of heart, then I will stay clear of all mobsters at all costs.
I don’t ever want to point my haughty finger in judgment of someone else’s failure. I don’t ever want to be the one who knocks a strong person down, or kicks a knocked down person. Instead, when a mighty person falls, I want to spend those horrifying initial moments of reality to dig far into the depths of my own heart. In the fear of God, I want to keep on telling myself, Chuck, you have no idea what kind of pressure that person was under that led to such a failure. And Chuck, if you even think for a minute this could never happen to you, then think again; you have never known that degree of satanic solicitation, the kind of pressure and erosion that person has faced these past years. Someday, soon enough, you will have your shot. Someday, you will stand on their mountain. In that day, you will see how much more violently the wind blows up there. So, don’t brag because you are doing so well these days. You are just facing a few diaper demons, and look at how easily they still slap you around at times.
God told Jeremiah, “If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses? If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5).This is why I hope you will read and re-read Make Me a Legend Chapters 9 and 10 and throw your whole life into your extravagant foundation. This is why you need to grow slowly. You have to master the footmen before graduating to the horses. You have to crawl to each next level on your knees, knowing that it’s violent up there. If you do not ascend in humility and with a much deeper trust in God’s amazing grace, then you will be crushed with what lies ahead.
(You’ll need to purchase the book, for the rest of the chapter. Wink!)
Please take some time to examine YOUR heart today. If you lose your HEART, you lose everything. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
Have a most triumphant Monday. With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Leave A Legacy,