How many of us trust our spotters during the middle
of a race? This is Rev. Dan, giving Rev. Don a much needed break this
week. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Spotters, they see things that the drivers cannot see. They
usually sit high above the racetrack and can see a lot more of what is
going on during the race. They tell us to go high or go low. There is
trouble in turn 3; slow down. Car 5 is on the outside; keep your line.
All clear, give it all you got. These are some of the ways that the
spotters can help the drivers stay out of trouble and win the race.
Spotters see things that we don't see, and we have to put our full faith
and trust in him or her.
Isaiah 55:9 says "For as the heavens are higher than
the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher
than your thoughts."
The same trusting attitude we have with our spotters, we need
to have with God. He will be the best guide for our lives. He wants to
teach us and direct us in the right way, but we need to trust him and
put our full faith in him. We have to know that his direction is better
than what we can see. The real test is that we have to listen and obey.
He knows best and he knows the paths we take. If we take God's path, it
will lead to blessings. We can't see what is ahead, but God does. If we
take our own path, it will lead to trouble. When we try to handle our
own situation and try our own way, we don't see things that God does and
it leads to our downfalls. Many may ask why should we put our trust in
God - the answer is because he is the one who guides us. He is the one
who knows all. He is the one who knows our future. Our part is trusting,
his part is guiding. Let me use this illustration from a story I read
A man was out jogging one day. As he passed a cliff, he got
too close and fell. Grabbing hold of a branch he was stranded. No way up
and certainly no way down. He began to scream, "Help, help, is there
anyone up there who can hear me?" He yelled for hours and was about to
give up when he heard a voice. "Can you hear me?"
"Yes, Yes, I can hear you.”
“I'm down here."
"I can see you, are you alright?"
"Yes, but ...who are you and where are you?"
"I am the Lord, and I am everywhere."
"The Lord? You mean God?"
"God, help me, I promise that if you get me down from here,
I'll stop sinning. I'll be a really good person and serve you for the
rest of my life."
"Easy on the promises. First let's get you down, then we can
"I'll do anything, Lord, just tell me what to do, okay?"
"Okay, just let go of the branch."
"I said, let go of the branch, just trust me, let go." Then
there is a pause.
"Help, help, is there anybody else up there?" This jogger
didn't put his whole trust in God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the LORD with
all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will
in all you do, and he will direct your paths.
Here are three ways that will help us trust God more.
1. We need to be confident in God's care. It says to trust him with
all of your heart - with everything you have. We all love racing and are
very passionate about it. We are all dedicated to the sport no matter
what. We all make sacrifices to be at the track - with our families and
our work. All of our feelings and emotions are poured into it. Love God
like this, and trust him with the same passion that you have for racing.
2. We need to be committed to God's purpose. We need to look for
God's guidance with everything, small and big. In the verse above it
says to seek his will in all you do and he will direct our paths. Does
that mean in racing also? Yes, in racing, in finances, in relationships
etc. Trust him, he will guide you through.
3. We need to be controlled by God's will. Did you ever see that
bumper sticker "God is my co-pilot". We need to change that and make it
read, "God is my pilot." We need to let go of our own will and let God's
will take control. When we do that, God will open and close the doors
for you that he deems best.
If we do these things, we are putting our complete trust in
God, and things will turn out much better than if we decided to do
things ourselves. Try it and see what happens.
Jeremiah 29:11-13, For I know the plans I have for
you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come
and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart.
God bless each of you and have a great week! Keep your trust
in him. Rev. Dan
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
What a weekend at Thompson, another glorious race weekend to
close out the 2007 season. We were blessed to have James from Design 500
join us for the weekend. It was great to show him around the Eastern
side of the country. He came bearing gifts, updated uniform shirts for
RWJM. Dan and I modeled them to rave reviews. We should have the pants
to complete the new uniform soon. That doesn’t mean we are walking
around without pants on. We are so thankful to James and Katie for all
their support and encouragement.
Racers are truly a family. At the Stafford race, Jamie
Tomaino had engine trouble. He broke the crank on his primary and the
back up motor was in need of some attention and only lasted a lap. Jamie
was sitting seventh in points and wasn’t sure if he would get things
together to compete at Thompson. He was loaned an engine and carburetor
from the Blewetts. After practice he was excited about the opportunities
he would have given his new powerplant. Things would take another turn.
As he crossed the finish line for his qualifying effort the
throttle stuck. He tried to keep it low going into turn one and slid
into the wall with all four tires locked up. The damage was repairable
but what happened next was a testament to the WMT family. Five different
teams offered their backup car to Jamie to use on Sunday. Teams carried
spare parts over to his hauler as the track welder reattached mounting
hardware. All this was a testament to the respect he had earned over the
years he raced. There was such an outpouring of help you couldn’t help
but be overwhelmed. Jamie decided to use the Donny Lia car that Chuck
Hossfeld failed to qualify, it was most like the tour car he drove.
Jamie started 28th and brought the car home 15th.
Bobby Santos capped a busy weekend taking home the win in Ole
Blue. This was his first WMT win and one that was very popular. A hard
charging “Reg” came home second followed by Matt Hirschman.
It was a great weekend. This week Dan and I head for the
Other coast and the Fifth Toyota All-Star Showdown. We’re not sure what
to expect this year with the format and qualifying format changes but
we’ll see. Have a great off season and we’ll see some of you in a few
weeks at the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout. Have a
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Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the
Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn
his face toward you and give you peace."
May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
RUSTY & TERRY WATKINS - This NASCAR BES GRAND NATIONAL team crewman
and wife have their 14th anniversary.
JIMMY & SUSAN STRUPP - The Long Islander, now turned Charlotte,
North Carolinian and wife have their 19th.
STUB & CHARLOTTE FADDEN - The No. Haverhill, NH legendary NASCAR BES
GRAND NATIONAL driver and wife celebrate their 56th anniversary.
RUSTY & ANNE BALL - This Keene, NH Claremont Speedway/TVMS
Modified driver and wife have their 30th anniversary.
MIKE & KRISTIN MASSARO - The former Ellington, CT/ now North
Carolina ABC/ESPN race announcer and wife share their 10th anniversary.
KRISTEN (ADAMS) AND SCOTT ROBINSON - Daughter of Thompson veteran
driver Leo, HAPPY 12 YEARS.
REV. PAT & BETTY EVANS - This would have been the 24th anniversary
for Pat and Betty. Please keep Betty in your prayers as this will be a
RON, JR. & MELISSA NARDUCCI - This crewman on the Waterford
Speedbowl Jerry Pearl Modified team and wife have their 13th
MARK BRIDGES - Durham, ME former Joe Bessey crewman.
KEN SPRING - The "Area Auto Racing News" and Racing with Jesus
Ministries Busch East Series photographer from Braintree, MA.
RIT DULAC - Plantsville, CT NASCAR retired Modified and BES
STUB FADDEN - The senior NASCAR BES driver from No. Haverhill, NH.
RICK FULLER - Auburn, MA NASCAR WMT driver.
DANA PATTEN - Enfield, NH former NASCAR BES/BGN U.S. Chrome
GARY ST. AMANT - Columbus, OH late model driver.
YOLANDA SHERIDEN - Retired Riverhead Raceway lady driver.
LISA WOOD - Wife of Pelham, NH SuperModified driver Russ.
MICHELLE SAVERY - Daughter of Seekonk driver Dana and wife
RUSS DOWD - Thompson Speedway General Manager, golden throated
announcer and friend of this ministry.
HOLLY PRINGLE - Ontario, NY 2002 Stock Microd champion at Sodus
LARRY BROLSMA - Midland Park, NJ dirt Modified driver.
BOBBY ZUROWSKI - Riverhead Raceway LM driver.
STEVEN COLLICHO - Former Tom Baldwin NASCAR WMT team crewman.
BILL ARMOUR - Bluefield, VA writer.
MORGAN SHEPHERD - Conover, NC NNC driver and outspoken Christian.
BOB LeSIEUR - No. Easton, MA NNC photographer.
ROBERT ROSSI, JR. - Riverhead, LI, NY based Mike Ewanitsko NASCAR
TONY VECCHIO - Syracuse, NY Former NASCAR BES team owner and chassis
JOHNNY UNSER - Long Beach, Ca born, Sun Valley, ID IRL driver.
MIKE SWANN - Rev. Pat's cousin from Sumneytwon, PA.
JAYE COTTER - Wife and assistant to No. Attleboro, MA racing
paper/magazine sales rep., Paul.
RUTH TAGG - Mom of Webster, MA CT Mod retired driver Tom.
TREVA MERRILL - The wife of Newton, MA based Monadnock Speedway
(Keene, NH) GM, Carl.
CATHERINE & CHRISTIAN HANKS - The twins of CT ProStock driver Roy
and wife Donna.
NATALIE BELMONT - A daughter of Pennsy based ARCA/BGN driver Andy
and wife Jennifer.
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