You had to have been living under a rock last January if you’ve never heard about the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax. In September of 2012 Sports Illustrated did a story about Manti, the Notre Dame linebacker who lost his grandmother and his girlfriend within 6 hours of each other. His girlfriend had been in a car accident 8 months earlier and she was diagnosed with leukiema while she was in the hospital. Manti stayed in the relationship until his beloved girlfriend lost the battle to cancer.
People love a good, inspirational story and the fact that Manti was able to have such an amazing season and grab a heisman nomination in the midst of such tragic circumstances, was inspiritational indeed. Football fans all over the country fell in love with Manti as they heard stories about how the couple met and the phone calls he made to her while she was in the hospital in a coma and how just the sound of his voice would make her vital signs improve. It was all super sweet, until Deadspin brought some things to light, and then it became super weird.
After a little research, maybe a lot of research, they discovered that the linebacker’s girlfriend never existed. No death record, no obituary in the paper, no automobile accident reports, no record of her being enrolled at Stanford. Except for social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter there was no proof this girl was real and that’s because she wasn’t.
The story blew up. It was on ESPN all day everyday for a good two weeks. The public, myself included, could not seem to understand how Manti Te’o had such a real relationship with such a fake person. He claimed he had been “Cat-fished.”
A catfish, according to Urban Dictionary, is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.
I still don’t think his story lines up, but someone did come forward, a DUDE, and he admitted that he was behind the whole thing. He created a Facebook page, added pictures to it, made up a profile, and began a circle of friends. Eventually, Manti made it into that circle of friends and they began an online relationship… one the grew and left him heartbroken when he heard the news of her passing.
I still don’t get how you could have such an intense relationship with someone you’ve never met. You would think before things got serious you would want to at least see the person face to face so you could be sure that they weren’t lying about themselves. I think sometimes as “Christians” we are satisfied with Jesus’ profile page. We know what the Bible says about Him. We remember what our parents told us about Him. We go to church and listen to what our Pastor says about Him. We have just enough of knowledge of Him to know He exists and we love Him, but we should desire more.
We should desire to see Him face to face, to go beyond a “profile page” relationship. We should be more than just Facebook friends with the one who gave His life for us. We should have the kind of relationship with God that if investigated would prove that He really does exist in our lives and that we really are in love with Him.
Jesus is always in pursuit of YOU and He’s not catfishing around. He is who He says He is, but if you really want proof, you’ll have to do more than just read the Bible and go to church, you are going to have dig deeper. You are going to have to seek harder. You are going to have to knock louder.
Don’t settle for a relationship where you never really meet the person you claim to be in love with. Jesus wants to be seen, He has nothing to hide.
- Deut 4:29 Seek the Lord and you will find Him.
- Matt 7:7-8 Ask and it’s given. Seek and you’ll find. Knock and He’ll answer.
- Matt 6:33 When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else falls into place.
- Got to listen to a great message this morning while I was getting ready.
- Jesus is not catfishing around. The more we find out about Him the more we’ll discover how truly great He is.
- Had a fun morning making this awesome S’more Ice Cream Cake with Lindsay.
- The smell of sugar and butter baking in the oven.
- The cake was delicious. I will be making it again!
- My new springform cake pan.
- Hanging out with Lindsay this week has got me excited about having two teenage girls in the not too distant future.
- Gus got to play his first game of mini golf and he loved it!
- Indoor mini golf! That I can do.
- All the kids had fun in the arcade at Main Event this afternoon.
- Beau had enough tickets to get just the squishy toy that she wanted to get.
- Lindsay got Beau a Cinderella bracelet with some of her tickets. Beau loved it.
- Yummy Sloppy Joes for dinner.
- Ratatouille movie night.
- Beau wasn’t very into the movie, but she was into being extremely sweet and letting me hold her.
- Received a sweet note from a long time friend of my moms.
- Received a sweet Facebook message from a 10kreasons reader!
- Received a message from another 10kreasons reader letting me know she was going to be sharing something from one of my blogs in her small group.
- I spent 45 minutes putting Beau to bed tonight. We read lots of books, sang lots of songs, cuddled, prayed, and made a bed for her new little squishy pet to sleep in. I enjoyed every second of it.
- Beau’s prayer tonight: Thank you God for Jesus, “Helly” Kitty jelly beans, Gussy, Mommy, Daddy, the new baby, and my squishy.
- Settlers of Catan game night part 2. I didn’t win this time, but came pretty close and still had a good time.
- Stayed up late to hang out with just Josh. Good times.
- Josh got two more invitations to come speak at churches later this year.
- I got an invitation to speak at a church this year. Not sure if I’m ready for that, but honored to be invited.