Baltimore Orioles

Matt Bruback

I was raised in a military family where I learned the value of teamwork. Grew up Lutheran but spent very little time going to church or trying to understand the words/law of God. Started playing baseball overseas when I was 8 years old. The game came naturally for me and I felt a great sense of comfort from its basic structure. 

Throughout my professional baseball career I had a lot of ups and downs because I didnt have a solid foundation or understanding about how God so created this world which ended up causing me a lot of trials and tribulations. Players took advantage of me, coaches spat on me, player personal tried to get me to quit but deep down I knew they were wrong I just didnt have the words or scripture to empower me to stand up for myself. 

Luke 14:29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you. 

It wasnt until 2005 when I was at Double-A with the Baltimore Orioles that I was saved. One night after a game Hayden Penn was called up to the Major Leagues and there was this feeling deep down of jealousy that I couldnt shake. Was up real late tossing and turning but couldnt sleep. About 3 in the morning I finally broke down and started crying and asked for Gods forgiveness. Hayden was my friend I wanted nothing but the best for him. The last thing I wanted to be was jealous of such a good guy who finally got a shot to live his dream. This is when I realized I had separated myself from God and had started taking all the emotional and verbal abuse the players and coaches threw at me personally. After breaking down I asked for Gods help and guidance which brought a great calm come over me and I immediately became physically exhausted. Felt like all my pent up negative energy had been released. 

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

Without a solid foundation in Christ I was a ship without a rudder lost at sea to be blown all around. The word of God and his greatest gift of compassion/forgiveness and rebirth allows us to right our wrongs, free our minds, and lend a hand to those in need for we are all Gods children. 

1 Corinthians 10:26 "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." 

Everyday I thank God for his many blessings and wonder what lessons He has in store for me tomorrow. 

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 

May Gods Love and Light forever shine in our hearts. 

Matt Bruback 
Former Professional Baseball Player and 
Creator of the Miracle Belt & Sensory Belt