Total Surrender: Bryan Klendworth Olivet Nazarene

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Like so many of you out there, baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In the same breath, going to church has been as well. I grew up going to church every Sunday. I understood what He (Jesus) did, but never really grasped the significance of His life and His teachings. It was not until the Summer between my Freshman and Sophomore year of College that I began to understand what Jesus meant in my life. I was out in California playing for the SoCal Catch (FCA) where we did a daily devotional. Throughout those two months, I could see my life starting to change. I was beginning to understand that baseball would end one day, but the faithfulness of Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him would be forever. That next year, I began to see small changes in my life and was excited about playing for another FCA team (Niagara Power) in the summer. However, everything I thought I knew about Jesus was completely flipped upside down. I was surrounded by guys who truly wanted myself and others to fully buy into what God had to offer. The brotherhood I experienced that summer, the genuine love of Christ, and accountability of my teammates was something I never felt before. For a long time, I was going through the motions, a lukewarm Christian. A summer full of tough conversations pushed me to want and need to know more about God everyday. My prayer is that we as ball players will be able to have those tough conversations with one another that lead to a complete surrender and trust in Jesus Christ. Questions will come arise, but if we dwell in the Lord and seek him first, we will receive wisdom and truth that will push us closer to him. The game of baseball is one of the best tools we have to share the incredible love of Jesus Christ!