This story was originally published as part of the fall edition of The Master’s University Magazine. Read the full magazine here.
I did. I was a sophomore and she was a junior. Her roommate set us up on a blind date, where we went miniature golfing and then watched “E.T.”
My teammates. Four of the five guys in my wedding were baseball guys from here. I met some of my best friends, and we’re still really good friends to this day.
We were married at the time already and we just waited by the phone. It was cool to get the call from the Mariners. You work hard most of your teenage years and what seems like a lifetime of working hard, and then you get a call solidifying that work.
You’re already newly married and trying to figure all that out and now you’re moving all over the country. All the time. We moved 19 times in the first seven years of our marriage. I think Master’s prepared us really well for our Christian walk, but I don’t think you can be fully prepared for what you face in that world. We grew closer together through it and through all the moves. We made it humorous and packed very lightly.
When I got released by the Cubs, we were pregnant with our oldest. I had a chance to keep playing, but Danielle and I realized that it was time that I stopped. She had been traveling with me, allowing me to chase my dream, and now it was time for the sake of the family to get a job and find out what God had for us next.
That most athletes struggle with their identity being in sport. I try to ask athletes, “How are you doing?” Not, “How is your swing feeling?” The sports side of things is important, and that all comes. But to ask them on a deeper level, “How are you doing with your walk with the Lord?” It erases the identity factor, reinforces that they belong to God, and shows that I care how that relationship is going.
1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
Enjoying every stage they’re in and watching them grow up and make their own choices. Seeing them make choices that honor the Lord is truly a blessing.
When Danielle and I do something in ministry, it’s a partnership. I know this is my job, but her heart’s desire is to meet with and invest in ladies as well. We view coming back to the school as a ministry that we’re both committed to.
Read more about TMU’s athletic director at gomustangs.com/beck.
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