“In my opinion it’s not even a choice. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what you’re supposed to do, in my opinion, and in those moments be there for people to help people because there’s not a bigger, better, greater thing you can do in life than to be there for people in life, in a time of need, to help them.” – Tim Tebow
I have Refractory Epilepsy. Going on eight years. There have been many times that I’ve had grand mal seizures in public. Some have offered to lend a helping hand, some have simply stood on the side lines and watched, some have pretended not to notice yet watched out of the corner of their eye.
Compassion for those who are in need is a beautiful and wonderful character trait. A trait in which all of us should have. A trait in which unfortunately is not within all of us.
When I find that I’ve had a seizure in public, when I wake to find compassionate individuals offering help to either myself and/or my husband, my heart is swollen with faith. Faith that yes. There are indeed still good people in this world willing to reach out to help rather than reach in their pockets for their phone to take a photo or record video.
On Tuesday October 11, my heart was illuminated with faith, joy and hope in hearing the news story of Tim Tebow, the former NFL Quarterback turned New York Mets minor-leaguer who walked over, prayed for and comforted a man who had experienced a seizure in the stands.
Did Tim Tebow have to do this? No. He could have chosen to ignore this man and allow others to tend to him. He could have chosen to notice the man and continue on with his baseball game allowing others to deal with the situation. He could have declared his game more important than the man in need. Instead he chose to place the importance of the mans health over his game.
Tim Tebow says,
“In my opinion it’s not even a choice. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what you’re supposed to do, in my opinion, and in those moments be there for people to help people because there’s not a bigger, better, greater thing you can do in life than to be there for people in life, in a time of need, to help them.”
As a fellow Christian as he, Tim Tebow most certainly has ignited the fire within my spirit to reach out to all in need twice as much and as a fellow epilepsy fighter as the man in the stands, I am even more comforted to know that yes, there are more good, kind-hearted people than I could’ve imagined. Even among the MLB, in Hollywood and so on.
Thank you Tim Tebow for your humble, loving and thoughtful act of kindness!