I got my first  chance to watch Tim Tebow at the big league level last night on national TV.  I’m a believer.

The quarterback gives glory. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

In God, that is, not Tim.

And I’m pretty sure Tim Tebow would approve of that conclusion.  Here’s a guy that, according to the NFL passing talent standard, has no business winning four out of five games with a team that nobody thought would be good at the beginning of the season.  And at the beginning, he was the third string quarterback of that not-too-special team.

So let’s give Tim (and the God he praises) his due.  And at the same time, let’s stop playing up his lack in the conventional skill sets of  NFL quarterbacks.  Gollee, it’s not like the guy is making it without talent!  He’s smart, he’s athletic, and he reeks of intangibles–courage, leadership, determination, faith, humility.

But at this stage of the game, I believe that what he has most of all is grace.  Yep, grace, the God-givenness of whatever it is he lacks and doesn’t deserve simply because that’s how God rewards  humble people who have the guts (what’s the difference between “guts” and faith anyway?) to rely on him for whatever they lack.  Make no mistake: That’s why Tim Tebow is winning.

Some of the experts on the talk shows assert that it’s just a matter of time until the defenses figure him out and that’ll be the end of the Tebow flash in the pan.  Nuh-uh.  I don’t agree.  He’s young, he’s smart, and he’s learning–he’s growing.  Sure, the defenses will figure out what Tim did last game, but Tim is not standing still.  He’s figuring them out, he’s getting better and smarter.

And if t’is grace that’s brought him safe thus far, then I’m pretty sure that grace will lead him home!

Geaux, Tim!