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Former MLB player, Lance Berkman always had his eyes on playing in the big leagues. At the age of 5 years old, his coach recognized him as a switch hitter and realized he had great potential. But Lance’s potential did not stop when he left the baseball field, Lance knew God had a greater purpose for him within the world of baseball.
Lance’s life changed during his college career when he befriended his teammate, Jake Baker.
“The more I hung around Jake I realized, there’s something different about this guy,” Lance remembers.
Lance had always thought of Christians as soft, nerdy people. He had little to no respect for these people.
“This guy blew that out of the water,” says Lance with a smile. “Here’s a guy that’s a true man and yet he loves the Lord. You could tell it in everything he did.”
The Lord was at work in Lance’s heart during this time. Gradually, he gave his life to Christ. Since this transition, Lance has become sold out for Jesus.
After being traded from team to team within the MLB, Lance really struggled with the temptation to find his worth in his performance on the field.
“It’s a real struggle for me to fight those highs and lows,” says Lance. “It effects my role as a husband, father and teammate.”
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40.1
“The Bible doesn’t talk about being perfect,” Lance says. “In fact, it guarantees we are going to stumble. But it’s what you do when you are at a low ebb of your life. Do you lay there in the dirt or do you press on?”
Lance chooses to find joy and perseverance in the promises of God. In the challenges and successes in his life both on or off the field, Lance finds fulfillment and peace in the knowledge of God’s greater plan.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” – Psalm 40.3
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