My Dad put a baseball in my hand when I was three years old and that started me on a path that has resulted in the privilege of playing in the major leagues. In addition to nurturing my interest in baseball, my parents set a godly example in our home. They laid a foundation for my own personal faith in Jesus Christ, which took on a deeper meaning when I was 14 years old. It was then I became fully committed to Him. He was now my Lord, my Savior and my best friend.
Facing the ups and downs that come with being a major league ballplayer I can experience contentment regardless of my circumstances and joy in knowing that God has a purpose for my life. How awesome to know that God loves me so much that He was willing leave heaven and die on a cross to pay for my sins. Realizing that eternal life is by Gods grace, not something I can earn by doing good things, is what makes it possible to have an intimate, personal relationship with Him.
Love for baseball and for God have been passions of mine since I was young. However, the best I can ever accomplish in baseball can only bring temporary happiness to my life, while knowing Christ brings me eternal joy.
"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)
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