Nice To Be Wanted
I loved both baseball and basketball, and as a college freshman I was named varsity Pitcher of the Year. As a sophomore, I was named our school's Athlete of the Year. Baseball began to win out, and as a junior I pitched a no-hitter. By the end of my senior year four teams drafted me before I signed with the last team, the Oakland A's, in 1995.
Learn From the Best
My Dad played pro baseball. I remember as a kid, my family moved a lot and sometimes it was hard. But, Dad always handled the difficult situations really well, and I came to respect that. Even now, years later, people tell me great things about him, not only how good he was on the mound, but how he was always ready to help people. His career gave me the opportunity to see what baseball was like. But, it was his faith in God that showed me much more.
I was baptized as a kid, but it wasn't until college that the Lord started becoming really important to me. When I was a junior, I was hit by a car and my leg was broken. I realized my career in baseball could be over in an instant, but God used that experience to show me that He was in control. I needed to put Him first, not second or third, in my life.
Safe At Home
In pain in the emergency room, I prayed and asked the Lord to give me strength. I suddenly knew He was there for me, and that He always will be, no matter what circumstances I find myself in. That feeling, that inner peace, is a powerful reminder that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) When you give your life to Jesus, you will receive that peace, too. He'll reveal His plan for your life, and let you know He'll always be with you.
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