Joel Davis, Infielder for Texas A&M, 2016 Super Regional
How did I come to know Jesus personally?
Growing up in church, I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior in 4th grade at a young musicians camp. I heard about salvation, where Jesus died for our sins so we can live for Him. Salvation was no easy task, but he did it because he loves us. God took us seriously by sending his son to dye on the cross, so we should take salvation seriously. I remember making that decision to follow him and immediately feeling a sense of incredible freedom.
“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NLT
What has God done in me since then?
He has opened my eyes to many many things, one of the biggest things is trusting His plan over mine.
Going through high school I was a two sport athlete and was in band, things came easy for me. Going into my junior year of high school, I found my identity in sports. Coming off of a great year of baseball and football, I had my eyes set on the D1 life. I put up the same stats as all the big time prospects in my area and wasn't getting big looks, which was hard for me. So the day before football started my senior year, I tore my Ulnar Collateral Ligament (Tommy John.) I was forced to decide between getting surgery and playing baseball, or holding off and only playing football. I chose to get surgery and play baseball. During football season we went from being #1 in the state the year before to tying the worst record ever for our school, and I could do nothing about it. I went through depression, I wasn't a happy or fun person to be around. I thought playing on the field and having the spotlight on me would be the best way to glorify God, but I was totally wrong. I believed the lie that the devil told me, that without sports I was nothing. Until one day my youth pastor told me after a game that I would have not impacted as many people as I did this football season now rather than playing this year. That's when God broke me down and showed me that trusting in His plan was the best. Rehab, which should take anywhere form six to eighteen months, only took me seven and a half months, and I was back to playing baseball two weeks after the season started. I wasn't getting any looks after having an incredible year, but I kept trusting in his plan. In July I finally got offered a great scholarship to a Junior College not far from home in Oklahoma. I realized the regardless of everything, God had a plan for me and it was better. At that JUCO I met some of my best friends, and was offered a scholarship to Texas A&M. During those few years of uncertainty, I held on to Genesis 22:14 “Yahweh-Yireh” which translates the Lord Will Provide.
Ask God to forgive your sins, ask him into your life. No matter how far you are, or how bad you think you are you are never too far from God. If you're 1000 steps away from God, God will take 999 just so you'll take that one. He died for us, his blood cleansed our sins and made us white as snow.