My Hockey Trail to Christ
Jesus and hockey have both been major aspects of my life from a very young age. Both of my parents are strong Christ-followers, and I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember, but my faith really took off and started to grow when I went to college. I had allowed hockey to become a god in my life to the point where it began to define who I was. While I did still want to use hockey for God’s glory, I realized that I had closed my mind to God using me in any other venues. As scary as it was to admit, if God wasn’t willing to use me in the world of hockey, then I didn’t want his plan for my life. I went through freshman year of college with this mentality, until sophomore year when I had hockey “taken away” in a sense. I dressed nearly every game and got maybe one or two shifts in a small handful of games all season. At this point I was literally forced to redefine myself. With nothing left of my hockey dreams, I had no choice but to cling to God and trust that he had a better plan for me than I had for myself. I laid my hockey career on the altar and awaited further instruction from God. I transferred schools and am now playing hockey for Liberty… Somewhere I would have never ended up if I was planning my own life, but is a better fit than I ever could have imagined. I am having more fun with the game than I ever had in my life, and am playing better than I ever have… all because I gave everything up to the Lord, and He chose to bless me in return.
- Liberty University ACHA D1