So has Tim Tebow. And in fact, he tells us the whole story in his new book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms.
I'm a football fan plus I'm a homeschool mom. Tebow was homeschooled and a football player. So, I was drawn to this book. And as I've already said, we all face storms. We all question our purpose, we all wonder who we are from time to time.
In Shaken, Tebow tells us how his short-lived football career didn't line up with his dreams and desires of being an NFL quarterback. He describes how discouraging and life-shaking being cut from the teams he thought would be a part of his future. He shows us how quickly life can change from being on top, making touchdowns to being on the bottom, getting cut.
You don't have to be a football fan to appreciate the stories. I immediately thought of the times in my life when I felt rejected, or had a door slammed shut in my face. And though the circumstances are different, the feelings are the same. I too wondered "why, God?" And I questioned God's purpose for allowing me to walk through a door just to be tossed out the window. I battled with not understanding my purpose nor my identity. Just like Tebow does in this book.
And then he brings us back around, reminding us that he is a child of God and so are we. And that God's purpose for our lives often does't look like we thought it would. Sometimes we have to feel the rejection man doles out in order to find the acceptance he offers.
Part biography, part self-help, part inspirational, Shaken is a great read for anyone questioning their worth, their purpose and God's plan.