God doesn’t allow anything to go to waste. He uses all circumstances for the growth of His Kingdom. I grew so much in 2020; in fact, I’ve never gone through more personal growth in one year. It was a hard year in a lot of ways. I realized I was trying to control things in my own way instead of trusting in God. I almost idolized myself, thinking I could do things on my own. I thought I was relying on God, but in reality, I was trying to be more than He wanted me to be.
Thankfully, I have a God who gives me grace and showed me where I was overstepping my place. It was a hard lesson to learn, to let go and trust God in the midst of a lot of unknown. But as a result I’ve grown so much closer to Him, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I also know God will continue to use 2020 to bring things to my mind for my growth and humility.
My goal for this new year is to focus on what I know and do the best I can with that information. Right now, there is a date set for spring training, so I’m training and preparing myself for that day. A lot could change — that day could be moved up or back, and if it does, then I will adjust. But I know that for today, God has called me to put forth my best effort in what He’s called me to do. For me, that means I work to have a great workout, a great throwing session, and then go out and have a great afternoon with my kids. Outside of that, tomorrow can take care of itself.
There’s a balance in being prepared for whatever may come, while also living in the moment. One thing I really want to do is be the best version of myself every single day. That, to me, is a form of worship. If I’m disobeying that, I need to change. Everything I do, wherever I am, is to be done for the glory of God, as worship to Him. That means when I’m in the weight room, having my quiet time, playing with my kids, spending time with my wife, or making dinner at home, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. With my eyes on 2021, I am setting this goal. Hopefully when I look back on this year, I can see 365 building blocks to get me there. But for right now, it’s one block at a time.
I have no specific expectation for this year, except that I know God’s plan will prevail. We may not see the immediate fruit or change that will happen, but we know that He’s always working. I know better than to put limitations on what God has in store for 2021; I’m not going to question the Scriptwriter. But one thing I do know: What He has planned is good.
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
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