We spend many hours of our life preoccupied by
things. Thoughts fill our mind and we dwell on them. When we take the
time to really analyze them we find that most times we are worrying
about nothing. Try to use this standard, if it is going to matter in 300
years worry about it, if not donít sweat it. Greetings in the name of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Race day is filled with things to do. The schedule is posted
in everyoneís trailer. We all live by it. We all plan our activity
around driverís meeting, tech line opening, on line for qualifying, on
line for the race. On race day these are some of the important things we
have to keep track of. For some, chapel also falls into that category.
Of course, I think it should have a higher priority but I understand.
We have a similar schedule in life, our agenda. The problem
is sometimes our agenda doesnít fit with what is truly important. Our
priorities are not in line with Godís priorities. Our lives will be so
much fuller and satisfying when we surrender our agenda and submit to
letting God guide and direct us. We need to follow the Holy Spirit in
I received an email the other day, went something like this,
Good Morning, This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I
will not need your help. So relax and enjoy the ride.
Wouldnít it be great if we could just do that? There is so
much freedom in sitting back and letting God have control. We have been
visiting the verse from Jeremiah for several weeks now but it is an
important verse to commit to memory.
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.
Godís plan for our lives requires only that we surrender to
him and let him lead. He has good things for us, things to give us hope
and a future, things to prosper us. I encourage you to relax and enjoy
In life things come and go too fast. The season ends just as
we are getting a handle on it. Life too, is short. We are here for only
a short time. No one knows the day or hour when we will be called before
God. We must not waste time being anxious about things that really donít
matter. We need to adjust our priorities.
This past weekend we were in Concord , NC to participate in
the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout. We celebrated the
life of a racer who touched many of our lives. John Blewett III was a
racer. He also loved life and other people. He possessed the character
of a true friend, he put others first. As we remember John, we remember
how he touched our lives. Even if we only had a moment with him, he left
a lasting impression. John loved, he laughed, he cared, he helped, he
led, he supported, he shared, he was gracious and merciful. He
demonstrated for us what it means to put others ahead of your agenda. He
will be remembered each day we reach out and do the same for someone
Loving and caring for others is the right agenda. Putting
otherís needs ahead of ours is the right way to live. Listen to how God
cares for us.
John 3:16-17, "For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to
condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
And Paul writes about how unconditional love responds in our
1Corinthians 13:4-8a: Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it
is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It
always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love
God cares for us and loves us. God has plans for our life.
Plans to prosper us, give us hope and a future. We also need to
demonstrate that love to others. A relationship with God will enable us
to do that. We need to follow through and give God control. We need to
relinquish our agenda and enjoy the ride. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
What a glorious time we had in Concord . We always enjoy the
hospitality we receive from the folks down there, but this year we
experienced a tremendous blessing. Do you remember that schedule I was
talking about? God had other plans. We scheduled chapel for 11:10, when
we arrived we found out drivers meeting was at 11:15; time to be
flexible. We then moved it to 11:30, but the pit party was supposed to
start then and who knows how that would work out. We went with it anyway
and as things go the Saturday schedule was a little behind and we didnít
get started until about 12:00. I remember a few months ago someone asked
me when chapel would be at Concord and I said 12:00 in Victory Lane .
Guess what, thatís when chapel started. We had such a tremendous
outpouring of attendees we ran out of bulletins! WOW! God has a plan and
it is good
Later in the day we received the proceeds from the John
Blewett III Memorial Motorcycle Poker Run. Again, we were overwhelmed at
the outpouring of support for this ministry in memory of John. Thank You
to everyone who contributed. Special thanks go out to Crystal and her
helpers for putting such a great event together. Dan and I cannot
express how much it means to us that you care and it is a tremendous
encouragement for us to continue. Rev. Pat and John are standing arm in
arm, smiling down on us.
This was a difficult weekend for the Blewett family and I was
able to have some time with each of them. Please keep them in your
thoughts and prayers, this is still a difficult time for them.
Jimmy gave the family something to cheer about. He put his
Tour Mod on the poll and won the SKmod feature. There were many tears in
Victory Lane as the family celebrated the victory. Jimmy now has his own
JBIII Memorial North-South Shootout helmet to wear in honor of John.
We had a guest appearance from a taxicab driver. Dale
Quarterly drove the Brady Bunch #00 for the first time on an oval track.
He has been in a Mod once before for Joe at Watkins Glen. The track at
Concord is like a road course to some so Dale figured he would give it a
shot. He did well, maybe this is a sign of things to come.
Another surprise visitor was Tinker, two days removed from
surgery and he was back at the track. He has already regained feeling in
his legs and feet. That is tremendous news and an answer to prayer.
God truly blessed us this weekend. We would like to thank
Andy and Sue Santerre for lending us the team van to use. We canít say
enough about the encouragement, support and kind words we receive from
all of you, thank you.
Well the season postseason wraps up with the Turkey Derby at
Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey . We will see you there.
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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
BOB & DOTTIE PARK - This Northport, LI veteran NASCAR WMT driver and
wife, also parents of NASCAR driver Steve, share their anniversary.
RON & INGRID D'ALESSANDRO - This Agawam, MA former asphalt
Modified driver and current WRS Modified crewman and wife share their
MIKE & JULIE STEFANIK - The West Greenwich, RI multi-time NASCAR
WMT, including 2006, and NASCAR BNS GRAND NATIONAL champion and wife/GM
of Koszela Speed Warehouse share their 23rd anniversary.
KELLY YANETTA - This New Jersey Powder Puff Go-Kart Club driver.
JOE LARSEN, JR - The son of Linda and NASCAR Mod tour official
ED BERRIER - Winston-Salem , NC BGN driver.
RUSS BROWN - Mannsville, NY NASCAR BES driver.
KERRY ANDERSON - Scarborough, ME occasional NASCAR BES driver.
HOMER KEINERT - Mahoning Valley Speedway driver.
DEDE HAYES - Wife of NH photographer Rich.
DICK DISBROW - NJ asphalt Mod driver.
TERRY MARCOVIC - PA/NJ asphalt Mod driver.
RICK CARELLI - Arvada , CO CTS driver.
CHRISTINE STEFANIK - The second of Mike and Julie's girls has
WILL WRIGHT - Godson of BES#84 Driver Dion Ciccarelli and son of
Glidden Motorsports Marketing Dir. Gerry Wright has his 3rd birthday.
DANA MAE KOST - Daughter of WC crewman Mike is 12.
DAWN DIPPEL - AARN "Third Turn" columnist.
BOB POLVERARI - Riverside Park Speedway multi-time Modified
champion, retired NASCAR Modified Tour and TVMOD hotshoe.
BRIAN WEBBER - Long Island NASCAR BES driver.
BARRY BODINE - CTS driving son of Geoff.
ROY PAYNE - Alvin, TX ARCA driver.
GEORGE SAVARY - Retired Massachusetts former Modified driver, and
top Mini Modified threat.
MIKE RYAN - Springfield , MA NASCAR WMT/NASCAR BES crewman, brother
of photographer Gracie Ryan.
BOBBY CAVALLERO - Farmingdale, NJ Wall Township Speedway and
NEXTEL Cup fan turns 9.
JOHN ANDERSON - Southington, CT retired Mod driver.
RYAN OLSEN - Son of No. Haverhill , NH Little Tree Air Fresheners
NASCAR BES driver Mike and wife Vicki is 9.
KENNY TREMONT, JR. - West Sand Lake, NY Lebanon Valley Speedway
based Modified driver.
TRACY GORDON - Strong, ME BES driver.
RICK MILLER - Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Mod driver.
RENE CHARLAND - "Da' Champ", retired four time NASCAR Sportsman
champion and dad of Fonda driver Rick.
TOMMY PORTER, JR. - Savannah, GA All Pro driver.
LOUIE MAIETTA - Brother of multi-time Beech Ridge LM champion
ROGER SAVLUK - Lisbon, CT Savluk's Service partner.
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