Stop Trying, Start Trusting - Scott Linebrink

Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Scott Linebrink, never expected to make it as far as he did in baseball, but he never stopped working as hard as he could to pursue his dream.


“I didn’t have a whole lot of talent and lacking in size really put me behind the curve,” says Scott, “so I always worked hard to try to live up to where I thought I should be and play at the level of the guys that I was with at the time.”


In 2000, Scott made his first major league debut when he was called up by the Giants.


“My first experience on the major league field was pretty overwhelming,” Scott recalls. “I remember my feet were hardly hitting the ground.”


As Scott’s career progressed, he went from the Minors to the Majors a total of ten times. He never stopped his hard work and determination to play his best.


“I felt like every time I went out it was do-or-die,” he says. “I created pressure for myself. I felt like I had to live up to this expectation—each time having to be a little better than the last time in order to keep excelling.”


Striving to rely on all his hard work, Scott came to a point in 2003 where he realized that he was at the end of his rope and could no longer rely on his own strength.


“God spoke to me and said, ‘When are you going to stop trying and start trusting?’” Scott remembers. “At that point I just gave up. I prayed, ‘God I don’t know where You are going to put me this year or what plans You have for me but I know there is a plan and I’m just going to trust that…I just want to honor you with everything that I do and not worry so much about holding on to my career so tightly.”


“I trust in You, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands.” -Psalm 31:14-15


“That’s when my faith became real to me,” says Scott. “I experienced God in a real way.”


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