Selective Hearing (Twisting What’s Said)

It is so easy to take what someone says and to twist it into what you want to hear. It is called selective hearing. People use it all the time. I read and article on and in that article, the author basically says that Tim Tebow believes that God wants him to be an NFL quarterback and will hand him the job. Did Tebow say that? No. In fact the interview dealt with the fact that he was handling disappointment and facing intense criticism about himself on a national level.

How did he say he was handling it? This is his quote:

“I’m trying to insulate myself from what people in the media are saying, but I’ve seen some of it, and it hurts because it’s coming from people who haven’t seen me practice, haven’t seen me play, haven’t seen what I can do,” he said. “I did an interview the other day with someone on the NFL Network who said last year I’d never play a down in the NFL. He was wrong.

“Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”

But from this quote the columnist at cbs got these opinions…

(Tim Tebow believes) he’ll make it in this league — for the Bible tells him so…

Also about confidence – Confidence is one thing, OK? Confidence is mandatory for a professional athlete, even confidence that pushes the bounds of reality. Despite limitations seen by others, Tim Tebow exudes the confidence of a future star in the NFL, and that’s normal. It’s mandatory… But his confidence isn’t only in himself. It’s in his God (isn’t that the way it is supposed to be). Tebow has basically said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “I’ll be a starter in this league because God loves me that much.”

Wow! Remember, Tebow’s quotes where in response to how he was handling his critics. Not to if he would be a starting quarterback in the NFL or how he felt about not being a starter right now. I don’t understand how you get ‘I’ll be a starter in this league because God loves me that much’ from what Tebow actually said? Selective hearing – It fits my hypothesis so I hear what I want to hear. Also, taking things out of context you can get anyone to say just about anything that you want them to say.

I went and looked up the script dialogue, because I wanted to get what he really was saying, and what did I get from the quote? “I am struggling and it is tough to have criticism from every side (not only for me, but also for my family). But I am relying on my faith to get me through each day.I will continue to trust God and do my best to be the best I can be.”

Only Tebow really knows what he meant by the quote. But later in a response to some criticism for earlier comments (that also looks out of context), he said that he never expected or believes that he should be handed the starting job – that is must be earned!

I am sure that if you ask Tim Tebow if he believes he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL he will say yes (he is very confident in himself and has set goals high). But what would be the response if you ask him if he believes that God will give him the job? According to Doyel (cbs sports columnist) Tebow has said his faith will give him a starting role as quarterback in the NFL.

Later in the article Doyel calls himself “religious” in his article, so that ‘Christians’ won’t believe he is hating on them. But in the article you also see him question the goodness of God. Listing all the times he doesn’t see God come through from him and others (death, disaster, etc.). He comes across as someone who is still looking for God and has something missing in his life.

If we look back 10-15 years from now and Tim Tebow becomes nothing more then a back-up, journeyman quarterback do you think that he will believe his life was a failure or that God let him down? I don’t think so, but that is my personal opinion. Only God knows what will happen tomorrow (for anyone) and only God knows Tim Tebow’s heart.

I know that I have ‘selective hearing’ at times, and know that I need to work on that too. But I am allowing God to grow me in those areas. What about you?

If you want to read the article, here is a link: Tebow believes faith equates to starting in NFL .


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