August 30, 2023

Perseverance Through Suffering

Injuries and sports seem to go hand in hand. But repeated injuries can destroy an athlete’s career. And what Max Miller thought were minor muscles injuries turned out to be a chronic disorder that would change his life.

It was Max’s dream to make it to the major leagues. He had a promising baseball career, playing all throughout high school in his West Virginia hometown.

But in 2019, during his sophomore year at Cedarville, Max began noticing nagging injuries like pulled muscles. These injuries wouldn’t heal, making baseball nearly impossible. This began a year-and-a-half-long journey of doctor visits and exploring potential diagnoses like ALS and muscular dystrophy.

In that same year, Max was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that causes muscle pain throughout the body. This ended his baseball career, sending him into a dark season, wrestling with his faith and questioning God’s goodness.

But the Lord brought Max through this trying time, opening doors in exercise science and ultimately strengthening his faith.

And now, three years later, Max serves as an assistant strength coach for a minor league team in the Boston Red Sox organization. While his baseball dreams didn’t amount to what he thought, he is having a significant impact on baseball players who might find themselves one day playing in the major leagues.

Listen to Max share his story on the Cedarville Stories Podcast.

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