When Jamie Mosley signed to play college baseball for the
Union University Bulldogs during the summer of 1997, he had no
idea that his love for a game would set events in motion that
would change his life forever.
Signed as a catcher (heís now an outfielder), Mosleyís
time on the Union campus brought him to a realization that
something important was missing in his life.
"My freshman year was probably one of the hardest
times of my life," says Mosley, a native of Paris, Tenn.
"I was really focused on doing my own thing, especially
when it came to baseball." Though he had been in church
all of his life, Mosley had never given his life to Christ,
though he called himself a Christian even when his life
reflected otherwise. "I had never seen that I needed to
put my trust in someone other than myself, and I really didnít
understand the reason that Christ had come to earth."
Through his experiences at Union, Godís began to deal
with the young ballplayer. Mosley soon realized that his
self-centered lifestyle was the cause of the unhappiness that
was flooding his life and that only Jesus Christ could provide
relief for him. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he
completely gave his life to Christ.
At that point, Mosley says, God began to work in his life
by molding him for His ultimate plan.
"People tend to think that everything will be grand
once a person is a Christian but that just isnít the
case," says Mosley. "When the Holy Spirit begins to
alter the course of a personís life to one that is not in
rebellion, it is a very painful process." Though it is a
process that Mosley believes will never be completed in his
lifetime, he is comforted by the assurance that "God
has promised that he will finish the work that He has started."
A turning point came in his life the summer prior to his
senior season, when Mosley, two of his teammates and several
other Union students traveled on a 10-day mission trip to
Uruguay where his group used baseball as an avenue to share
the gospel. It was his first mission trip of any kind, and
Mosley was unsure about what to expect or to think. As little
as two months prior to leaving for Uruguay, Mosley had
intentions of pursuing a career as a CPA. In fact, he had
already set up an internship for that same summer. But during
those two months prior to the trip, God began to reveal His
plan for Mosley.
The mission group spent time speaking in and churches. When
a church allowed the group to lead a full service, they
selected Mosley as the one to bring the message. After that
night, people began to encourage him to pursue the ministry.
Staying in a room by himself with no distractions, it was
there in Uruguay that Mosley began to be moved by Godís
presence and saw how God was answering his prayers. Then and
there, Mosley took a close look at the direction of his life
and what God had in store for him. As he sat and began to take
in all that had happened over the past two months, he made a
commitment that his daily life would be just as focused on God
as it had been on the trip.
The truth, says Mosley, that God revealed while he was in
Uruguay was that his relationship with Christ and playing
baseball are not necessarily in conflict with one another. In
the past, he had let baseball become his idol and not Christ.
"That was the first time that I truly understood how
baseball could be played to His glory," says Mosley.
"There was no reason that my time on the field in the
United States should not point to Christ."
Once back from Uruguay, he found his approach to baseball
at Union had changed. Mosley found it difficult to keep
putting in the long hours that baseball requires when
"compared to things of God, baseball is nothing."
However, he also knew that he was a part of the Union baseball
team for a reason.
In the fall of his senior season, Mosley and others led a
team Bible study and had good attendance. He also realized
that he could minister to his teammates on the field by the
way he handled success, as well as adversity, and to be one
who leads by example on and off the field.
"The main thrust of our efforts came in asking the
opposing team to pray with us following each game,"
Explains Mosley. "It was a time for us to display that we
believed God to answer prayer and to lift up the ones that we
would have never encountered except for on the ball
field." Mosley believes that he "was not just to
come to Union to be blessed, but also to seek to bless
others." Mosleyís goal for his senior season was to
glorify God by being an example of the Gospel. "It is my
prayer that I was able to display to others that there is so
much more to life and to true commitment than baseball."
Even as he set right the priorities in his life, Mosley was
a large part of the 2001 season for the Union Bulldogs. Mosley
played in 45 of 57 games, while starting 35 times, hitting
five homeruns and tallying 33 runs batted in. He finished
fifth in both categories, on a team that finished second in
the TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament. He
also participated in his third NAIA Region XI Tournament in
While not on the diamond, Mosley spent the past 12 months
serving as a pastoral intern at Woodland Baptist Church in
Jackson, Tenn. Graduating this past May with a 3.9 grade point
average while earning a major in mathematics and a minor in
accounting, Mosley is remaining open to God as he begins his
seminary studies with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
through the seminaryís extension program at Union. He will
remain as a pastoral intern at Woodland Baptist while he takes
Looking back, Jamie knows that baseball has been a large
part of his life and doesnít have any regrets of playing the
game. However, his desire is to help others see how simple it
is for something like sports to become an idol in a personís
life. After finishing his career at Union, his prayer is,
"that those of us who are going to claim the name of
Christ would evidence that even while competing. As the
Apostle Paul, I hope that we as athletes will come to face the
challenge of Romans 12:1 and worship God even as we