You’d think a young man’s baseball caps might have autographs on the brim. But Scotty McCreery’s have Bible verses on them.
In the new book Once-a-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections From Today’s Leading Country Music Stars, McCreery admits he has Philippians 4:13 written in the brims of his caps.
“I keep a lot of my old baseball hats, and if you look in the hats I’ve had since I started pitching, you’ll see Philippians 4:13 written on the brim,” McCreery says. “That’s the Scripture that gets me through the day because sometimes you can’t do it all by yourself. You can’t do it on your own, so you lean on him.”
Before McCreery won American Idol in 2011, he was a high school baseball star at Garner Magnet High School in North Carolina. And it sounds like that’s when he started to keep that Bible verse — “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” — in his heart and on his ball caps.
But even after his small-town star status gave way to national fame and celebrity, he still relied on the Bible to remind him he was never alone.
“It was the best time of my life, but it was tough and definitely stressful,” he says of the time he spent in Los Angeles for American Idol. “That was when I’d have to really dig into the Word and pray and ask for prayers from my friends back home. I leaned on that verse, and I got through it.”