I grew up in a home where my parents believed in the Lord, and they lived with great integrity, always holding me and my brother accountable for our actions. When they said something, it was pretty easy to listen and follow because they backed it up. I was really fortunate in that sense. They guided me in my early years, and they continue to guide me. That’s how I came to know the Lord. I was blessed because my parents taught my brother, Jake, and me about Jesus and made sure we were in church. I was baptized when I was 12, and Jake was baptized at 13. We accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior and committed our lives to Him. Since then, it has been a constant journey of learning and growing more in my faith.

I think I started owning my faith and stopped living off my parents’ faith when I got out of the house to go to college and into pro ball. Something I've learned is that the Christian life is ongoing, and learning to trust Christ and live as He would have us to live is a continual path, and it continues today for me.

I had my worst year in my professional career in 2012. I got hurt and was playing badly, and that put me in a really difficult spot mentally and emotionally. Professionally, it was the worst season that I've had, but looking back on it now, spiritually, it was the best season of my life. I realize now how much of my identity I found in the game of baseball, on whether things were going well or badly; and how little of my identity I found in the Lord. It was a very trying time, but a pastor back home once told me that sometimes times of testing are times of great blessing, and times of great blessing are actually times of testing, and I believe God was doing just that. I was blessed tremendously to get closer to the Lord and to realize for whom I was playing this game.

My favorite Bible verse is John 16:33, which says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I really relate to it because of my struggles, and because it tells us that no matter what is going on within us, Jesus is still in control. It’s just Jesus talking about how powerful He is. He’s saying that you’ll go through things, you’ll have some trials and tribulations, but know that I am the Lord and I will conquer the world. To know how powerful He is and to know that we serve a God that wins is awesome.

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During my career, it’s been huge for me to be able to be with guys of like mind and like faith. In the Bible it says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV) That’s as true a verse as I know. When you’re in the Word and together with other believers, you can continually experience the presence of God. If you can do that on a daily, weekly basis, it’s only going to make you stronger.

Lately I've been thinking about how we work, how we go about our business. It says in the Bible to work as if you are working for the Lord and not for man. Right now I’m not playing a whole lot, so for me to get my work in and come to work, I go about it like I play for the San Diego Padres, but I work for the Lord.

It is really important as we walk with the Lord to not only live as Christ tells us to live, but to talk about it; talk about how we struggle and what areas of our lives we need the Lord, and just be real with people. Christ has infiltrated my life, and I want that to continue on a daily basis, an hourly basis, every minute of the day.