A new season of a Fox home improvement show this week comes with a special, life-affirming message.
The TV series “Home Free” is a home building competition with a special twist: competitors work to build a dream home for their heroes, CBN reports. This season, pro-life advocate and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will be the co-host of the series, which begins airing Thursday.
Some of the competitors this year will include a young man competing for a woman who donated a kidney to his father and a former U.S. military man competing for the person who saved his life in Afghanistan, according to the report.
“It’s hope,” Tebow said. “It’s hope for the future. It’s hope that tomorrow is going to be better than yesterday. It’s a place that kids can laugh and where families can come together. A house is more than just doors and windows.”
Here’s more from the report:
Tebow seems to fit the show hand in glove. A natural encourager with a gritty competitive spirit, the former gridiron great is excited to be part of the program.
“What is really special for me is that they are competing for the right reasons,” Tebow says. “They are doing it for someone who loved them, who sacrificed for them. They gave of their money, time, energy, or body for them. These competitors have come here to put it all on the line for their hero. This show is all about honoring those heroes, honoring that sacrifice and love.”
Since contestants are playing to win a home for their hero, the concept of sacrificing one’s self for the good of others serves as a powerful backdrop on Home Free. However, competition can be fierce as each person desperately wants the prize to be his or hers. Fortunately though, most can see beyond where grit meets personal glory.
Tebow uses his fame to set a strong example for others, whether through helping people with disabilities or working to protect unborn babies from abortion. In 2015, the Christian athlete opened a hospital in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries. It was there that Tebow himself almost was aborted. His mother, Pam, became ill with dysentery while she was there, and doctors encouraged her to abort him. Tim said his mother’s doctors described him as a “fetal tumor” and “mass of cells” that had to be removed.
However, Tim’s mom courageously refused the abortion, and both Pam and Tim miraculously survived. In 2010, they partnered with Focus on the Family by sharing their story in a Superbowl commercial. The commercial was seen by millions of Americans and received high praise from pro-life groups.
Tebow also has been involved in the life-affirming project Night to Shine, a prom night experience that centers around showing God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older.
Tebow is one of those rare celebrities who uses his fame to further the message that every life, both inside the womb and out, is valuable.