Striving for Better - Luke Weaver

We’ve been in limbo for the past few months — everyone has. I sort of feel like I’m floating in uncertainty, waiting to see what happens. But with that being said, it’s created in me a new sense of urgency. 

At the beginning of every offseason, it’s easy to think that since it’s just the first month, we can take it easy, relax and tune out a bit. But this time has shown me that I need more urgency in my life, even in the slow seasons. This urgency does not only apply to the game of baseball, but to my studying of God’s Word, my intentionality with my relationships, and my health. I want to continually be improving myself as a husband, a parent, a teammate and a steward of the body God’s given me. 

I’ve been seeking ways to improve the ways in which I work out, recover, eat, spend time before bed and wake up. My mentality, health and relationships are all connected, and the more intentional I am with each area of my life, the better livelihood I will have all around. I want to have urgency and intentionality with each area of my life.

The impact of this sense of urgency is only as effective as the way we perceive it. If our aim for urgency is for selfish gain, we will lose motivation and never reach satisfaction. But if our ultimate goal is to bring glory to God and bring others to know Jesus, we will thrive. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit; they don’t belong to us. My aim is to appreciate what God has given me and train it to the best of my ability. I don’t want to misuse it or abuse it. Even the simple things, like being intentional about the food and water I put into it, count. 

God has opened my eyes and given me a passion to help those in need of such essential things which we take for granted. Our country is going through a crisis right now, but we are one of the most well-off, rich countries in the world. The rest of the world is also facing the same pandemic — areas that are already lacking clean water and good food. In a day like today, ridden with chaos, how can we slow down and imagine what it’s like for those around the world who are suffering? My hope is that our own sense of urgency to help ourselves trickles into global efforts to help others.

I pray that not only can I personally benefit from this time to slow down and take care of myself, but that I can help others as well. Any time a crisis hits, we realize our life isn’t always a breeze. When things get shaken up, it’s the perfect opportunity to reevaluate what’s important. As a global community, we can strive for better. 

— 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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