Braves’ Dansby Swanson: God’s Plan Will Never Fail You

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Braves’ Dansby Swanson: God’s Plan Will Never Fail You

By Movieguide® Staff

The Atlanta Braves won their first World Series since 1995 with a 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Before their World Series victory, Braves star Dansby Swanson helped lift his team past the Houston Astros in Game 4 with a game-tying home run.

“I’m just so thankful to be here. I really can’t say it enough. Getting traded over here, at the time, I didn’t understand it. But God’s always got a plan and if I’ve learned one thing is having faith in that plan will never fail you. It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” Swanson told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

“Being here, being able to see my family as much as I do, watching my nephews grow up,” he added. “If I didn’t get traded here I wouldn’t have met (U.S. soccer star Mallory Pugh). I mean you just start stacking things on top of each other and it’s truly a blessing to be here in this city. I love this city. I’m a diehard Falcons fan. I’m a diehard Hawks fan. And obviously I’m a diehard Braves fan. It’s just such a cool moment for this city.”

Swanson is no stranger to pressure. In 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Swanson as the No. 1 pick overall.

Swanson confessed that the expectation to perform negatively affected his mental health. As his anxiety began to grow, he met with mental wellness coach Armando Gonzalez.

“I was having a hard time breathing,” Swanson said. “I was having a hard time speaking, moving. I had to think about it to do it. It was all very robotic.”

“We started to talk about things that we’re going to help me grow spiritually and mentally during that time,” he said. “It really started to lead me down to this calling, this spiritual component.”

Swanson said that Gonzalez read the Bible with him each morning to build the habit of relying on God’s word.

“I really started to feel like I was connecting more with myself, which in turn was connecting me more with God,” Swanson said. “He’s made us all in a certain way and made us to be who we’re supposed to be. I felt like after I started to do that consistently, I really was embracing who He had made me to be.

“If anything, the lesson that I’ve learned was that you can’t go wrong trusting and growing closer to God,” Swanson continued. “Whatever way that works for you is what works for you. But spend time with God. Legitimately spend time in the words that He wrote through people that were on this earth. Spend time in prayer and meditation and silence. Do these things to grow near to Him.

“I really started to feel His presence more, and I really started to feel more comfortable with the callings and stuff that He’s put on my heart.”

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