Kansas City Royals

Bryan Bullington

I grew up in Indiana, with my parents and older sister, Megan. As a child, our family attended church on a semi-regular basis. While we went to church, we never really spoke openly about the Bible or Christianity in general. Through my teenage years I was always focused on sports. As I look back, God was always at the bottom of my priority list. There came a point in time a couple of years ago when I decided that I had to change. 

I played baseball and basketball from the age of five all the way through high school. Following high school I decided to attend Ball State University and play baseball. I had a very successful baseball career at BSU, and following my junior year I was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I had always considered myself a Christian, but now looking back, I had no idea what it meant to be a Christian. I always thought that by being a good person and doing the right things it would be enough to get me into Heaven. I had good grades, was always fairly successful at whatever sport I played, I was usually pretty nice to people, was easy to get along with and I thought that was enough. I believed I would be rewarded by God for all of my good deeds. Throughout high school and college, while I never admitted it to others, I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. I always found my happiness and self worth through success in whatever I was doing. It took being on my own and having just baseball to make me realize that something was missing. That something was a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

The last couple of years, my thoughts have begun to change. The influence of my wife Lauren has really changed me. As she began exploring her relationship with God, I did as well. For the first time in my life, I really started reading the Bible, and exploring what God was all about. In the past two years, Ive grown a lot as a person and as a Christian. Coming to the realization that I cant be in control of everything that happens in my life has been very comforting to me. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. Its amazing how much happier I am now. I only pray that I will continue to grow as a Christian. 

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. 
Romans 3:22 

Bryan Bullington