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Conviction

Jeff Bajenaru

The other day I read an ESPN article on the Oakland Athletics’ top prospect, Grant Desme, who is leaving the game of baseball to enter the priesthood.  After a year in which he batted .288 with 31 homers, 89 RBIs and 40 steals in 131 games during the regular season, he then went on to play in the elite, prospect-laden Arizona Fall League. There he was the Most Valuable Player hitting .315 with a league-leading 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in only 27 games.  As a former professional baseball player, let me try and put this into perspective for you: this guy is turning down a minimum of $350,000 once he makes the Major League club, which would most likely happen next year at some point.  And with numbers like that, barring an injury, he will make the big club.

The reason that I put that into perspective is to demonstrate how money is a driving force behind so much of what we do in life. Our culture is addicted with fame and little boys grow up wanting to play Major League Baseball.  Well, every little boy I knew.  This was a BOLD decision made by a superstar athlete at the top of his game who is only 23 years old.  Some may call him stupid.  Some may call him ignorant for turning down all that cash (“You could have done so many good things with that money.”).  But you know, at the end of the day he made an extremely tough decision based on his relationship and love for God.  How many people can honestly say that?

For me, the defining quote from young Grant Desme came when he said, “I was doing well at ball. But I really had to get down to the bottom of things.  I wasn’t at peace with where I was at.”  The thing that I respect the most about this guy’s decision wasn’t that he went into ministry.  It was that he took stock of his life, asked some very difficult soul-stirring questions, and then pursued what God was telling him to do in that.  This story could apply to anyone, anywhere, in any profession.  We all have those tough decisions that we face in life.  The question though is this: Are we ignoring those nudges that God puts on our hearts or are we listening, praying, and then responding and stepping out in faith when the time comes?

By Jeff Bajenaru, professional pitcher for the White Sox and Diamondbacks

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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