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Trey Rossman, Morningside College Football/Wrestling

by carmine on July 20, 2014

I’ve been raised in an environment where sports, hard work, and family were huge priorities in my life. I was also fortunate to be raised by some of the most loving parents to be raised with the Lord and to keep my Faith close to me. While I have always been a believer, it was not until four years ago that I truly realized what I relationship with God TRULY meant.

It was just a normal day of my freshman year of high school. Football season was in the air, and I definitely experienced my fair share of growing pains. It was no longer the all “me” show anymore, it was about what was best for the team. This is the first hurdle where my Faith was tested. I wasn’t used to not being the best player on the team, so I knew I had to outwork my teammates to earn playing time as a freshman. As the book of Proverbs states: Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and
your plans will succeed. I have been blessed to be raised by a family where hard work is a lifestyle from a very young age. As soon as I started getting into my Faith, God threw another curveball at me.

A man who is like my second dad had a very close relationship with me. He would be a guy I could talk to about anything in life, and he would always listen. He also would call me the son that he never had theTrey Rossman 2 chance to have. His name was Mike, and Mike would always have the attitude to always be optimistic in life. If you weren’t making someone smiling every day, then you were living life wrong is what he would always tell me. And boy did he live this saying to the fullest. Mike passed away in a complete freak accident at the beginning of my freshman year. This was where my Faith was tested the greatest. I kept asking why
him? Why Mike? Then I read a verse from the book of Proverbs: Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding; and in ALL your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. I understood the situation that was dealt to me, and that is where I fully gave my life to God. I accepted that I am Second in life, and that God is first, no matter the circumstances. I submitted my will to God, and ever since then my life has made a complete 360.

I was a three sport athlete in high school; football, wrestling, and track. I was fairly successful, as far as accolades are concerned. I suffered a broken leg both my sophomore and senior year, but that verse from the book of Proverbs stuck with me. I was fortunate enough to come back stronger than ever from those two gruesome injuries, and before I knew it I had an opportunity to continue my sporting career at the intercollegiate level. I received a scholarship from Morningside College to wrestle, and it’s just a blessing to be here. If their is one thing that I can take away from my story, it is that no matter what the circumstances are, if you believe and submit your will to God, you will be successful may not happen overnight, but those who are patient will be benefited. A verse that always has stuck with me is from the
book of Romans: But if hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently (Romans 8:25).

To be able to continue my wrestling career is one of the best decisions in my life. With the pressures of college comes peer pressure to give into many temptations that are not condemned “Holy”. I am proud to say that my Faith is as strong as ever. A verse that I always remind myself of during wrestling is from the book of 2 Timothy: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Are you all committed to finishing your race in this game of life? I promise you that if you have God by your side, nothing is impossible, and that your Faith will get you through every obstacle that is thrown at you.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you. God Bless you all.

Trey Rossman–2 Tim 4:7

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