There’s a lot of excitement rising up in me for this new season. Coming off a season of disappointment with an injury last year, after getting on the rollercoaster of joining a new team and trying to adapt to a new town, I’m beginning to experience a peace about where I am. Now, it’s time to enjoy the abilities God’s given me so I can go and be all that I can be for my teammates.
Having my daughter, Lyla, on this journey with my wife and me now, I’m even more eager to go out and do my best on the field. Many of my teammates have told me about the safe haven being a dad provides an athlete. Once you step off the field, you are able to turn on “dad mode.” Everything that seemed to matter during the game suddenly doesn’t matter at all. When the game’s over, real life will just be beginning. I’m going to be relying on Lyla more than she’ll ever know.
My hope for this season is simple: to go out there and play my best, for the whole season. I want to go out there and show consistency. Every five days as I go out onto the mound to pitch, I want to be a rock for my team. I want to show them there’s a firm foundation I’m standing on which can allow me to be a rock they can rely on. I want them to know Luke is going to be there every day with a smile on his face, ready to do whatever he can, not only for the team, but for each individual on it. I’ve experienced this through many of my teammates over the years and now it’s my time to step up.
Last year was a strong year for spiritual growth and community for me. I had a great group of guys whom I knew I could rely on through text messages and group chats — guys who were growing in their walk and spurring me on to do the same. I was able to get into God’s Word daily without letting other things come in the way. This year I want to do more of the same, making sure that my time with the Lord isn’t just something to be check-marked, but moments to relish, developing in me a greater desire for more of Him. I want to grow so close to Jesus that spending time with Him is never a “have to” but a “want to.” That, above all else, is my No. 1 priority this year.
The closer I get to Christ, the more I become the man, father, husband and athlete He’s designed me to be. The instruction manual for life is found right there in the Bible. When your mind is in tune with the truth, your actions and words will reflect Christ. There are plenty of distractions in this world that will attempt to change your perspective. Don’t become who you are because of what the world throws at you, become who you are by discovering who God created you to be.
When you spend time getting to know God through reading His Word, your life will become different. There are valuable lessons to be learned in there! These are lessons we need to learn ourselves so we can implement them in our own lives, as well as share them with others. If I’m not in the Word, my life becomes sloppy.
What’s your No. 1 priority for this year?
— Luke Weaver, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher
Luke Weaver is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Luke’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/luke-weaver/
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