One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

What does this verse mean to me?

For a long time I thought the reason I was put on this earth was to play professional baseball. It wasn’t until after my senior year of college that I realized, the dream of moving on was not an option. At that time I was lost, lost without a cause or purpose.

But the Lord works in mysterious ways sometimes. I went on to start a college coaching career with dreams and aspirations of one day making it big. I wanted to coach at a large division 1 school and eventually make it to Omaha, where my team would hoist the coveted NCAA trophy.

About 6 years into my coaching career I realized another dream had been squashed. God had other plans once again. My son was born in late 2011, and in early 2012 I retired from coaching to stay home with him and run my non-profit. The non-profit is centered on baseball and is fun, but my son is by far my number one interest and priority. Baseball had been put on the backburner, or so I thought.

This February I finished my first novel that I have entitled “Paint the Black.” The story follows a promising young minor leaguer who has the propensity to get himself into trouble. It is a character piece that all men can relate to, with struggles in addiction and women.

God has guided me on this journey ever since I retired from coaching. He has given me a desire to write what I know alongside of him. I love following God. Sometimes it’s scary when he gives you the idea to start something new, but if you don’t follow his instruction then what a waste of your talent.

What does this verse mean for you?

God has given all of us certain gifts and passions. He wants us to use those gifts and passions to further his kingdom. Sometimes we may not know why God is telling us to do a certain thing, but I’m asking you, be open to pursing his path when the time arises.

Maybe your gift is helping people in need, maybe your gift is to start a business, maybe your gift is to play a professional sport. Whatever your gift may be, honor God with it.

It is hard and scary to open your heart to what God has for you. If you are open to it and you do listen, then I promise you, God’s hand will be upon it and will bless you beyond your wildest dreams.