Like any other minor league baseball player, one of my greatest goals is to make it to the major league level.
Although I have the desire to move up through the ranks as quickly as possible, reaching the big leagues is not my top priority in life.
That doesn't mean I give less than 100 percent effort every time I take the field. There's no excuse for not playing to the best of my ability. But I found out that there are more important things in life than knocking in runs, calling pitches and throwing out runners. Let me explain.
I was an all-state player my junior and senior years at South Brunswick High School in Bowling Springs Lakes, NC. I was a second-round draft choice (Oakland A's) as a senior and played rookie ball in Scottsdale, AZ.
Baseball was my life
At that point, my whole life was centered around baseball. There were only two things that I cared about: myself and making it to the big leagues.
The following season I had a bone spur on my shoulder which required surgery. After surgery my career was in limbo, and I didn't know what to expect. All of a sudden, the joy I had from baseball disappeared, and I had no control over what was taking place.
In an effort to fill the void in my life, I started going out with the guys and staying out at night, but I realized that was not where I wanted to be.
As I continued my search for contentment, I noticed a teammate of mine who was different for the rest of us. He had a genuine sense of peace in his life, and that drew me to ask him where it came from. He told me it came from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not knowing what that was, I started going to church with him hoping to find something that would fill the emptiness I had on the inside.
As I continued going to church, some remarkable things began to happen. Through the preaching of God's Word, the Bible, a lot of the questions I had in life were being answered. Over a period of time, I discovered a lot of things about the person of Jesus Christ that I would like you to think about.
Here's what I discovered
Whether you think it's possible or not, God loves you regardless of who you are or what your past is like. He wants you to succeed in life, and He promises the free gift of eternal life (after our life on earth is over) if we believe in His Son, Jesus. The Bible says in John 3:16, "God loved the world so much that He gave us His Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."
We don't deserve that gift because of our rebellion against Him and all the other things we've done wrong which the bible calls sin. The Bible says that "the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)."
But Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly."
To receive this life Jesus has promised, all we have to do is ask Him to come into our lives. How do we do that? The Bible says in Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (receive eternal life)."
A lot of people think that once you accept Jesus into your life, you have to change overnight. It doesn't happen like that most of the time. Physically I didn't change, but I had peace, happiness and assurance in my heart. As I continued to put my trust in God and continued to read the Bible, I eventually got rid of my bad habits and began to care more about pleasing God in everything I did.
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