Ellen Renfroe

Ellen Renfroe
Pitcher

I arrived at Tennessee with a pressure to perform. Over time I found myself trying so hard to please my coaches, impress the media, and get attention from our growing fan base that I was beginning to lose sight of what was really important in my life. I had become broken down -drained physically, emotionally, and most of all spiritually. 

I was sitting in our dugout preparing for a big game when my older sister and fellow pitcher, Ivy, said to me, “Ellen, you have it all wrong. You need to remember that Christ is the only one you should be playing for. He is the one who has given you the talent to play so you should give your best for him and no one else with each pitch you throw.” I believe this was a turning point in my life spiritually. As I changed my perspective to competing for God instead of being caught up by those other things, I began to experience a new sense of energy each day I stepped on the mound. 

Romans 12:1-2 says, “ I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice -the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

Jesus sacrificed himself so that we can have a relationship with God. I struggled with allowing God to transform me into a new athlete; will you allow him to transform your own life?