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Hillary Bach, Akron Racers, Softball

by carmine on December 3, 2012

Hillary Bach
Arizona State University
Akron Racers
Tulsa, OK


 

 

My Testimony

Born and raised in Tulsa, Ok, I am the daughter of Dave and Kathy Bach. I have one little sister, who is 19, and her name is Lindsey. Growing up we were a very busy family. My sister and I were dancers, pianists, singers, and played almost every sport. Busy lifestyles were the perfect excuse not to attend church. For the most part I was raised to do the right thing: Treat others well, work hard, and get good grades.

It was a pretty safe life. My parents got divorced, but so did everyone else’s… I went to a great private high school,played three varsity sports… And when I was a junior I got offered a full ride scholarship to attend the school of my dreams: Arizona State University. I chose Arizona State because they have a highly ranked Business school, and a nationally competitive softball program. Little did I know, ASU had much bigger plans in store for me.

My freshman year I thought I had it all. I was pitching in the Women’s College World Series… My name was all over ESPN, and all the reporters wanted to talk to me. All of my dreams were coming true. But the real miracle came soon after. It was the middle of the summer, and I had not found anywhere to live for the fall. I received a random email, and there was an ASU female basketball player who was looking for a roommate. I know now that it was His work, but at that time I was just happy to have a place to call home. Once August came, I started to learn more and more about this roommate. She was in her fifth year, finishing her masters, the president of Student Athlete Council, and president of the ASU Fellowship of Christian Athletes group. Because I was focused solely on accomplishments and titles, I wanted to know how I could be more like her. I asked her that exact question, and I’ll never forget her response “You have to know Jesus Christ.”

That was my first glimpse at the bigger picture. I realized for the first time in my entire life that I had a purpose. Something bigger than a trophy or a title… my purpose is to become more like Him. September 26th, 2009, we sat down on our apartment floor, and I committed my life to following Jesus Christ. The end?

YEAH RIGHT! What a rollercoaster it has been since then. Learning to compete as a Christian athlete has been a challenge, and something I could not have done without a community of believers to walk beside me. As I began this journey of following Him, I noticed the incredible people that He brought into my life. One of those was an older mentor, named Julie. Because I had literally no experience with the bible I had all kinds of questions!! Julie and I met for an hour every week, and having someone to bounce off ideas, fears, concerns, and victories was so incredible. Things that may seem simple to someone who grew up in a church were everyday challenges. For example: learning to pray.

I think it is important to note that the most difficult year of my entire life came after I committed to walk with Christ. I was a junior at ASU, when everything just seemed to be going wrong. I had a ridiculous class load, as I prepared to finish my degree in three years. I was not seeing the field nearly as much as I had expected, and the final straw was my mother’s unexpected death in April. It was exhausting, frustrating, and confusing at the time… But looking back, I can see more and more good that can come out of such a terrible situation. That June as I jumped up and down with my teammates, holding that National Championship trophy above our heads, I was so grateful that I had a bigger purpose. It was great; don’t get me wrong, but as soon as the cheers end, its right back to the grind. And then what? A continual chase for those 15 minutes of fame? Not for me.

I spent my senior year focused on glorifying the gifts God has given me to play ball. I focused on using my platform of collegiate athletics to make a difference for someone who just may be watching in the stands. I worked to build better relationships with my teammates, and serve them in any way that I could. I know that every day is a blessing, and I am so grateful that even now as a professional athlete I am able to go out and compete in the game that I love the most!

Things I’ve learned since being a Christian are grace, forgiveness, unconditional love and a passion for serving. As I transition from life as a student-athlete into a real world working individual, I will continue to surround myself with a community of believers who are trying to live more like Christ.

Favorite verses:

James 1:2-5

“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testingof your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Isaiah 40:31

“31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

 

                 

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