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Ep. 246 | Del Matthews | Answer When Opportunity Knocks

“Jesus, take the wheel.” No, I’m not admitting I’m a Carrie Underwood fan.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear her song or hear one of my fellow Southern sisters say the phrase, my initial reaction is, “Ha! Easier said than done.” Because us highly driven people LOVE us some control, right? We LOVE the driver’s seat…calling all the shots. But here’s what I’ve learned – both from my journey and walking alongside some of the best in the world…

The person who thinks he’s in control is the one more likely to lose it. 

So, today, I’m on the mic with a guy who knows all about the challenge of giving the keys over to God and trusting that He’ll get you to where you’re supposed to be. Major League Baseball Vice President and longtime baseball executive, Del Matthews, keeps it real with me and shares insights on how to let go when everything inside is saying to hold on.

If you want to tap into more of the courage and confidence inside you without having to be a control freak, then lock in to today’s episode.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Del leaned into his own unique identity while growing up with both a Dad and brother who played in the Big Leagues.
  • Del’s advice for those times when you’re scared to step out in faith and trust God. 
  • Insights into Del’s transition from playing to executive roles in baseball development.
  • How to lean into a vision for the future, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.
  • Importance of collaborative choices and seeking wise counsel.


  • “In order to grow, you have to move.” – Del Matthews
  • “Oftentimes, we want to drive our life. In reality, you have to give the keys over to the Lord and trust that he knows that path that you’re supposed to be on.” – Del Matthews
  • “In order to lead, you must be able to serve first.” – Del Matthews
  • “If you can be disciplined and obedient, a lot of good things can happen.” – Del Matthews



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