Jerry Howarth

As play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays, I have one of the best seats to view major league baseball. I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have such a job.

But I have also discovered that there is far more to life than just success as measured by material wealth, status or pleasure.

In 1985, and knowing in my heart that something was missing in my life, I met Gary Lavelle, one of baseball's top relief pitchers. Gary had something I didn't have; namely, a personal relationship with God through knowing Jesus Christ. Gary's life radiated real joy and peace and he was well versed in Scripture without overwhelming you with it. That's what I wanted.

Although I loved God and had gone to church for years, I had never read the Bible. Gary and Tony Kubek, a great friend and TV broadcaster, encouraged me to pick up the New International Version Bible which was easy to read and understand. It immediately took the "mystery" out of a book I had shied away from for years. They helped me to understand the importance of getting to know God through His Word on a daily basis. Even reading it for just five or ten minutes a day provided me with a wonderful conversation with God and a chance to grow spiritually.

Then two years later, Toronto pitcher Don Gordon invited me to attend a Bible study conducted by Barry Banther, the president of the Trinity Bible College. I knew in my heart that Jesus Christ loved me and that if I trusted Him with my life, I could experience the kind of joy and peace that the world doesn't offer. And that night in 1987 at the age of 41, I dedicated my life to Christ.

I asked Him to forgive the things that I had done wrong, and I asked Him to come into my heart and direct my life totally. It's the best decision I ever made. I still work as if everything depends on me, but I pray knowing that everything depends on Him.

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