Many Unknowns

In baseball there are so many unknowns. What if I get traded, sent here or there, or even released? You fill in the blank. The business side of baseball could be an area of much uncertainty. You could go crazy just thinking of a few. If you have a wife and kids to provide for, life can get overwhelming real quick.

You start to think, was this the best career choice or should I have been an engineer or something. We need to fight those worries with the word of God. I don’t understand how people can go through life without having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Life can get so stressful.

When the season is seven months out of the year and you sign a one year contract without a guarantee, you have to make a team and stay on the team for the season. The pressure can be overwhelming to say the least. Lives can be torn apart and families split with these kinds of pressures. Why would anyone not want to know God promises for their lives?

Promises like Romans 8:28: “For we know that all things work together for good, to those who are in called according to His purpose.” How could you deal with this kind of pressure alone? The good news is we don’t have to. God wants to deal with these impossible situations in our lives. He can and wants to use this crazy game for His glory and for His Kingdom. Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good, for those who trust in God and are called according to His purpose.”  All things work together for good…not some things. That means if you just got hurt and are in Florida or Arizona rehabbing He is working the situation out for good. It might not seem like He is to you, but He is. Maybe He wants you in that training room to help someone else and share the gospel with. Or use your injury as a part of a greater story in the future. I don’t know. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him?” But we understand these things for we have the mind of Christ. He wants you to show others that God is more important than this game and everything else in this world and to use you to further His Kingdom.

Maybe you got released out of spring training and are looking for a job. He might want you to abide in Him and be home for some time. Or He needs you in a different clubhouse for a specific reason. I don’t know. He could be producing patience through this trial. I know we can get caught up in our life and what we want but it’s not about us. If I have put my faith in Jesus and I’m following Him, I have died to my fleshly desires and my wants and have put on Christ.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 says, “It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” I will go and try to find out why God has me in this situation I’m in. Hopefully I don’t feel sorry for myself and start blaming myself, others or God. Been there.

What a witness for the Lord could you be because of this trial?  When everything is going crazy, you get released, or put on waivers, traded, etc. you talk to a friend and they ask how things are and you say I’m just trying to find out where the Lord wants me. Or how He wants to use me. What? That’s a radical response, but it’s possible with God because all things are possible for God. I remember being a free agent playing in independent league at 30 years old and my wife told me she was pregnant. We have no insurance or anything and we pray for God to do the impossible. The next day the Dbacks call and ask if I’ll take a job in AA. I couldn’t have agreed to terms quicker. Which meant our prayers were answered and needs were met. We get insurance and I got to play that year and the whole next year. God blessed us and continues to bless us. It was scary but He came through and showed us that He was right there with us. James 1 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

You’re not swinging it well and are down on yourself, remember it’s not about you. I pray that you know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that who so ever should believe in Him will not parish but have everlasting life.” If you don’t have a relationship with God ask Him, to forgive you of your sins that you committed. Ask Him to come into your heart and life. Tell Him that you believe He is the Son of God that He came down to earth, died and rose from the dead three days later. Make Him Lord of your life. There are so many promises that are in the Bible that you can search for. Matthew 7:7 says, “Jesus says ask and will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

God bless you and your families. May God use your story for His Glory.

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