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Brian Pruett, Coastal Carolina University, Baseball

by carmine on March 6, 2013

 

Brian Pruett
Coastal Carolina University
Sarasota, Florida



My Testimony

I was born in Sarasota, Florida on December 9th, 1992 to Brian and Deborah Pruett. I have an older sister named Mattie and a younger brother named Jared.

My parents raised us in a Christian home and made it a point to go to church every time that the doors were open. I went to Christian schools, went to church camp, basically everything that a Christian parent would want their kid to experience. I played the part though. I acted one way around my friends at church and another way with my friends from school. I learned to watch my language at church but still be able to cuss with my buddies. I was a fake. I was an actor. I played different roles and changed who I was to please everyone. The reason I did a lot of stuff growing up was to please my parents.

I must have ruined my testimony a thousand times through high school. I just wanted to fit in, so I ended up doing a lot of things that I should have never done. I did not at any point make a real impact for Christ. I was just a good kid. I gave my life over to Jesus multiple times at church camp, only to fall into sin a week or two later. I believed and put my trust in Jesus Christ as my savior but I was living for myself.

I finally graduated high school in 2011 and signed with Coastal Carolina University to play baseball. When I moved up to South Carolina I was away from home. I was away from my parents and my youth group leader who usually kept me accountable. I didn’t go crazy but I wasn’t living for Christ my first semester. I was still just a good kid. I joined FCA there and wanted to start making a difference. I met some cool Christian people and started to Schweiz get on track. I realized that just because I had knowledge of God doesn’t mean I was saved. I realized that just because I went to church, got baptized and joined FCA didn’t mean I was born again. I realized that it was nothing I could do to save myself, but through grace I was saved by faith. I couldn’t earn it. There was no amount of good works I could do to win my salvation. It didn’t matter how good I acted or how good I tried to make myself appear to people around me. The only way to save me was God, the creator of the universe, sending his Son to die for my sins so that I might have righteousness if I put my faith and trust in Him. Around that time God became so real to me, my life began to change. People began to notice that I started acting differently. I started living for Christ at the end of my freshman year of college.

Ever since then, I have been living for Christ. I don’t read my Bible or talk about God to just make myself look good. My relationship with Jesus Christ has grown so much in the past 6 months that I really want to open the word, encourage others and tell people about Him because. I want to make a difference for Christ and impact others every chance I get.

Baseball is such a big part of my life but since I have grown closer to Jesus my outlook on it has changed. I used to play baseball with the plan of getting drafted and playing in the MLB. But now, my perspective has changed completely. Instead of playing for that, I look at baseball now as a platform where I can share my faith. I use it to glorify God through how I play and to meet new people and be a role model to those who look up to me. Because whether you think you are or not, if you are an athlete, you are a role model.So in everything I do, I want to glorify God. Whether that is through my social life, playing baseball, etc. I want to live to share Jesus through my testimony because some people may never get a glimpse of who God is besides what they see in me. I still don’t have it all figured out, but that’s what I love about God. He can take someone like me who has been faking it my life and show people that He is real and He changes lives.

I have a couple favorite verses:

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine that others see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

1 Cor. 10:31 Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

                 

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