“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

-Proverbs 3:5-6


Softball is a sport that you have to take one day at a time. It is easy to love softball one day and hate it the next. I have found this especially true in college as I have gone through so many changes and adjustments to every aspect of my game. Not only that, it is a hard life being a student-athlete that juggles 6 AM workouts, a full load of classes, and practice. It isn’t always easy to be excited for practice or workouts when you are tired or are struggling in this game of failure. However, the biggest thing that I continually pray to God to guide me in is having a character that is not shaken by the circumstances around me. There are a lot of days that I don’t want to go to class or do certain drills that are challenging or go the extra mile in the weight room. However, no matter what is happening in my life, I always know and am reminded through His word that I am loved by the God of this universe. I even tell myself this every time before I step into that hitter’s box. When I look at life with this perspective, what more could I ask for? My soul is eternally secured and I have a life of joy knowing that softball doesn’t define me as a person. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, there is more to life than softball. My purpose in life is to glorify God and I can do that whether I hit a homerun or strikeout. Every day I can show up excited and am willing to put in the hard work because I am not doing it for myself or even the coaches, I am working hard for the Lord. I constantly pray that God will help me focus my eyes on Him and He has helped me beyond my understanding and not matter the outcome or the circumstance, I feel successful knowing that I gave it all for Him. Softball, school, this life is not about me and having this truth has allowed me to experience life and softball to the fullest as God intended me to.

- Jessie Kowalewicz