Darryl Strawberry is a baseball legend who was voted Rookie of the Year in 1983 and was at the top of his game in the 80s and 90s. He won a World Series with the New York Mets and went on to win three more World Series with the New York Yankees. But life took a turn as Darryl got caught up in drug abuse, a house arrest, and rehab. He also battled cancer, not once, but twice. Today, Darryl’s purpose and passion is serving the Lord by speaking messages of hope and helping others transform their lives through the power of the gospel. He is an ordained minister, best-selling author, and Christian speaker. Darryl’s latest book, “Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life,” releases in January, and you can learn more about his speaking ministry at Outreachspeakers.com.
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Key Questions for Darryl Strawberry
-How did you meet your wife, Tracy, and how did she help you turn your life around?
-What are some things you see missing when it comes to discipleship?
-How would you counsel people tempted to turn back to their addictions during this time of crisis?
-What advice do you have for pastors who are trying to lead people who have a history of addiction?
Key Quotes from Darryl Strawberry
“I had got radically saved in 1991, and I just never got discipled. Discipleship is so important that if you don’t get discipled, then you go back to the familiar. That’s why so many people never hold onto their conversion when they have one.”
“Where there’s no foundation, you will not last because the Enemy comes immediately to deceive you and steer you back into your old ways, and that’s what happened to me for so many years.”
“It’s just amazing what [God] will do once we surrender ourselves. First, you have to be really persistent, and then you have to surrender…Tracy was the cornerstone of who I am today. The Lord really used her to lead me back to him.”
“Discipleship is so, so critical for a person.”
“We tried to put too many leaders in positions that’s not ready…make sure that your leaders already have a really solid foundation.”
“The Enemy is coming…[leaders] need to understand, they need to grow into who they are. It’s not an overnight miracle.”