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Jeremy PeeplesI can just lay down the burdens of my life at His feet, and I know He hears me and gives me comfort.
I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home. My mom went to church and is now a pastor of a church. I gave my life to Christ when I was about eight years old and got baptized. But I really didn’t start serving Christ until I was 16 or 17. I had a season-ending injury to my back my ninth grade year and missed my whole tenth grade season. I came back in the 11th grade and at that time, I started trusting in the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross, sacrificing His blood for our sins. When I really came to know Him, my body was healed.
Since I’ve been in college, I have grown so much in my relationship with God. I’ve grown close to Him, and I’ve had to depend on Him more because I’ve been so far from home. I’ve had to trust God with everything in my life. It has taught me how to be a better teammate. One thing God showed me this season is teammate first, evangelism second. He wants me to be a good teammate and not just be in the locker room trying to shove something down someone’s throat. I’m there giving them encouragement and they feel like they can come to me with anything. I’m giving them a Holy Ghost-inspired response, and it’s such a blessing.
It’s been such a privilege to play for LSU. It’s a dream. To be able to play for a Division I school that is year in and year out competing for national championships is a dream; I thank God for it every day. So many other guys could have had this same opportunity but I got it.
Things that have helped me grow as a Christian are Bible study and prayer. We have a Bible study for our team on Monday nights, and we always get into the Word pretty deep. Guys are always asking questions and learning. Prayer is probably the most important thing. In prayer, I draw closer to God. I can just lay down the burdens of my life at His feet, and I know He hears me and gives me comfort. It goes hand in hand with reading the Bible.