As a professional baseball player, I often have an inconsistent schedule. We all have to adjust to early mornings and late nights based on when our games and practices are. Often during the season, it feels like we have no concept of a routine. But in the offseason, routine is important to me. With a child now, it’s even more important that I plan my day ahead of time.
Lately, I’ve been disciplining myself to wake up early, before my daughter wakes up, to spend time in the Word of God. Starting my day off like this is a game changer for me. Before the storm of our day hits, I need to block off time to spend alone with God. Yes, that may mean less sleep for me, but it’s worth every second of the sacrifice.
The more consistent I am with this practice, the more I find myself growing in the love and knowledge of the Lord. And it’s crucial for me to do it first thing, because once the day hits, I can get lost in what’s happening. By hearing God’s voice first, I’m setting myself up to make Him my first priority. Whatever He chooses to teach me that day becomes my focus and prayer throughout the rest of the day. Then, whatever may come or whatever happens, I know my foundation has been set. God’s presence in my heart is stronger because I’ve placed Him first.
Consistency is hard if you’re on the journey alone. That’s why God created us to be people bent on community. One of the greatest Christian influences in my life is my friend Don. He is a seasoned veteran in the faith who I often go to with my questions or thoughts about whatever it is I’m reading at the time. I know he is there to lead and guide me in my walk with Christ and that is an incredible gift. Other people have come into my life at different times, such as team chaplains and teammates who are seeking God. The cool thing about the Christian journey is that you continually find new avenues to develop new relationships and deepen existing ones. New mentors pick up where old ones may have left off, allowing you to grow further in your faith and community. I always appreciate the people God brings into my life.
The body of Christ is an amazing thing. Right when you feel like you may be growing weary in your faith, God may bring someone along who can encourage and challenge you to continue seeking Him. Or when you’re thriving in your walk, God brings men and women whom you can push toward God. We want to be disciples who are making disciples. As soon as we stop doing that, we lose the mission and the passion for our walk with God. But when we push ourselves and spur each other on to dig deeper into the truths of God’s Word, we will always find more ways to experience more of God’s power and presence.
It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of a team that is always growing and always experiencing the joy of a victory. But it takes a continual and conscious effort to go deeper.
— Luke Weaver, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher
Luke Weaver is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Luke’s Increase profile here.
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