We were able to sit down with Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson and talk with him about living in the increase of Christ, his faith journey, and the mentors that have been a part of his life. Here’s what he had to say:
What effect does faith have on your lifestyle?
I try to allow it to lead me in as many directions as possible each day. By all means, I am nowhere near perfect at this, but when it comes to how I act in my workplace, how I parent, and how I aim to be a Godly spouse, I do my best to show the love of Christ as much as possible. I fail each day, but that is why leaning on God’s grace for me is so important.
Describe how your journey with Christ began.
I always went to church as a kid, but it wasn’t until baseball was not present in my life that I decided to really focus on my faith. When I was 15 I got hurt and needed surgery, which freed up my time and allowed me to go to a youth retreat where I decided to follow Christ. Through a five-month absence from baseball, God revealed Himself to me and I realized how much more passionately I could live my life, without worrying about living up to the world’s standards. I am forgiven and free in God’s eyes.
Who have been some of your greatest mentors? How did God bring these people in your life?
One of the mentors in my faith journey has been my FCA director at Missouri, Scott Ashton. He was the FCA leader at Mizzou, and was one big reason why my wife and I stayed engaged in our faith throughout college. Another great mentor of mine is Paul Galbraith, who has been one of my best friends since high school. A youth pastor in Greenfield, Indiana, he is the one who pastored me and my wife’s wedding. Not many weeks pass where we fail to talk at least once, catching up on how each other is doing.
What is your life verse and why?
I write Ephesians 2:8-10 alongside my name each time I sign an autograph. I like how it shares the Gospel in the first verse, then goes into how we are created by God to do important work which He’s set out for us to do.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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