Growing up, Sunday mornings were spent sleeping in or watching television. I did not know Jesus or that a personal relationship with Him was available to me. As a teenager, I stayed busy with cars, surfing, fishing, and playing baseball. When I entered college, life became more complicated. I began searching for purpose and meaning in my life. Even though I was successful in sports and school, there was a constant feeling that I was missing something.
During my junior year at the University of Central Florida, I met a beautiful girl who introduced me to the most important person I would ever know, Jesus. From the moment we met, I was drawn to the characteristics in Brooke that set her apart from other people I knew. I soon learned that it was not only Brooke I was drawn to, but also Jesus in Brooke.
I began to learn about Jesus and his life through reading the Bible and going to church. Soon after, I realized what I had been missing. In August 1998, I was in the locker room with a Christian teammate who had been a great encouragement to me through the testimony of his faith. It was there that I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. My life changed in a new direction and I have a come to realize that it is more important to please God than people. I know my worth is found in Jesus because of the love and mercy he showed me on the cross.
In January 2001, I married Brooke. In June 2002, I became a pitcher in the Major Leagues. In October 2003, I will become a father. Each of these is an extraordinary gift and blessing from the Lord, but none compares to the gift I received in that locker room in August 1998
salvation through Christ Jesus. Only through knowing Him did I receive purpose and meaning for life and eternity. You can receive this same gift through knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior.
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