You’ve seen it before, something for sale for the price, “make an
offer”. In other words, what’s it worth to you? The value of something
is determined not by what we feel it is worth but what it is worth to
someone else. Take a look in a pawn shop you’ll see what I mean. What do
you think your life is worth? Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Race cars, parts and tools make the circuit. They change
hands, reused, rebuilt, with the hope that they will yield the final
piece of the victory puzzle. Racers will go to great lengths for that
elusive piece that makes their car better. What is it worth? It is worth
whatever someone is willing to pay. Given the right circumstances
something can be of greater value because of a greater need.
Another component of worth, in racing terms, is performance,
more horsepower, greater performance, better handling, anything that can
give you an advantage is worth more than something that doesn’t. The
world we live in is based on performance. How we perform and how the
parts perform determine their worth.
Worth is so important to us. We want others to value us. One
of our failings is we seek that self worth from others instead of God.
What is our value to God? What are we worth to Him?
Did you know that our value to God is not performance based?
Did you know that our value to God never changes? God values each one of
us the same. He desires to have a personal relationship with each one of
us. That relationship is so valuable to Him that Jesus gave His life so
that our relationship with God could be restored.
What is it worth? What does God offer us? David helps us see
some of those benefits.
Psalm 23, A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes
me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he
restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's
sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they
comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely
goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will
dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Do you see the value he places on a relationship with Him? He
offers us; guidance, provision, rest, refreshment, restoration,
direction, protection during trial, discipline, victory, abundant
blessings, and eternal life. God wants each one of us to experience the
relationship He offers. He desires us to know the fulfillment and
security that comes from knowing Him. Life is worth nothing without the
value that God provides.
The list is a great one but how much of it can we supply for
None, you see, God offers us the things that we want out of
life and cannot provide for ourselves. We need to recognize our
value in His eyes. Read Psalm 23 this week, spend some time reflecting
on the value of a relationship with God. Know that it is available for
the asking. Even when we have strayed away God waits for us to return to
Him. He provides forgiveness and restores our soul.
I encourage you to take God up on His offer, let Him show you
what one life is worth, your life. God Bless.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
*THE BIG 60*- A little bird whispered in my ear that Tex, AKA
Mike French, turns 60 Super Bowl Sunday. Tex worked for many years with
Andy Santerre until his accident in California. Alice tells me he
recover is continuing. She shared, “He has gained a greater love for the
Lord and a more positive attitude since his accident. He still struggles
with his legs but never lets that get him down. God sends us good things
in all different ways doesn't he!”
Here’s what we need to do, let’s let him know we care. Here
is his email and address drop him a line or send him a card, he would
love to hear from us.
email@example.com. The mailing address is 174 Moorer Rd , St
Matthews, SC 29135.
Motorsports is behind us, Speedway Expo ahead. We are working
with the promoters of Speedway Expo to have a presence at the show.
We’ll keep you up to date on the developments.
Life is short, eat dessert first. After my brush with the
hazards of eating in December now more than ever I am following that
Have you ever noticed things aren’t always what they seem? I
direct my words to Applebees and their Micro Dessert. What was expected
to be a full size dessert turned out to be a “Honey, I shrunk the
dessert” moment. Things are not all they seem. We did however find one
that was worth the trip. Ruby Tuesdays has a strawberry, ice cream and
cream puff dessert fit for more than one. Oh well, things are not all
they appear, dessert included.
I apologize if I missed you at the show, I was not myself, I
was suffering from the flu and running a fever. I look forward to the
show each year, but this year it was a struggle to get through it.
Thanks for all you support.
Looks like local racing will retain a place on New England’s
largest sports network, NESN. An agreement was reached between Stafford
Motor Speedway and NESN to broadcast the in-house produced recap of the
Friday night racing at Stafford. I think it is fantastic to have a
New England Television.
A match race of sorts took place in Atlantic City at the RC
car booth located across the isle from our booth. It pitted Woddy Pitkat
and Wes Price. Woody is known to most of you as the multi champion LM
and SKmod driver. Wes is a newcomer to Design 500/Lady Eagle. He is a
that also does some RC racing. The stakes were high, for Wes, a ride in
Woody’s SK, for Woody a new paint job on his helmet. Woody should be
sporting the new, original airbrush look at some point this season. Wes
is an accomplished airbrush artist and has painted many RC cars,
helmets and full size cars. Check out his work at
although he won, said he would work something out if Wes made the trip
east to get some seat time in the #52.
I’ll be kicking back this week waiting for the New England
Patriots to finish off their quest for perfection against the New York
football Giants. I hope to be proclaiming their success here next week.
Have a great week.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
JAMIE & CHERYL TOMAINO - The Howell, NJ driver for the Perth Amboy
Spring NASCAR WMT Team/ RWJM Tour Rep. and his best friend wife share
their 29th anniversary.
GREG & VICKIE SACKS - The Long Island native WC driver and wife have
their 33rd anniversary.
JAMIE & PAULA AUBE - The Charlotte, VT three time CWES champion
and wife have their anniversary.
TONY & SANDY URBINA - This Riverhead LM driver and wife have
their 17th anniversary.
JIM & GERRI RICHARDS - This former driver at the former Plainville
Stadium from Ansonia, CT and wife share their 45th.
HERMIE & ANGIE SADLER - The Emporia, VA NSC/NNS driver and wife have
KEVIN CLASS - Quarter midget drivers from Jersey turns 9.
LLOYD GILLIE - East Holden, ME LM driver.
RICK GIANNINO - LI based LM driver.
BOB McKEE - New Jersey based NASCAR CWES Crew Chief.
BUTCH KALBA - Riverhead Rusty Turbush LM crewman.
GERRY FILLIMON - Old Bridge, NJ noted photographer who along with
brother John, make up the famous "Fillimon Brothers Racing Films and
MIKE DILLON - Welcome, NC NNS driver, Cup Team member husband of
Richard Childress' daughter Tina.
KELLY MOORE - Scarborough, ME part-time NNS/NGWES driver.
JON GAMBUTI - Montville, NJ 1998 ATQMRA 3/4 Midget champion and
ISMA SuperModified driver.
ROBBIE GROFF - Northridge, CA IRL driver.
RICK WILSON - Bartow, FL NSC/NNS driver.
GARY HERRIN - Spokane, WA LM driver.
GEORGE TALLAS - Las Vegas, NV LM driver.
DAN AVERY - Somersville, CT NASCAR WMT driver.
JANICE WOLF - Riverhead Mod driver Scott's mom.
ELIZABETH AYOTTE - Mom of Augusta, ME writer/ Track promoter Dan.
JEAN WENZEL - Mom of Riverside Park LM driver, Chris.
JACOB MALACHI JAMES - The youngest son of Scott and his wife Lisa
TEX, MIKE, FRENCH - Turns the big 60, former crewmember for ASM.
BOBBY GADA - Niantic, CT Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver of
the multi-time Harry Wyant championship team.
MIKE TICCO - Lancaster (NY) Speedway writer.
DAVID BACHMAN - Son of Pennsy based former ARDC scorer, Jennifer
Bachman. This No. 1 fan of John Marcovic and Eric Beers is 12.
TOM BOLLES - Vernon, CT NASCAR WMT driver, of the Bolles Motors
family; sponsor of the RWJM Dodge Intrepid Pace Car.
FREDDIE QUERY - Kannapolis, NC All Pro, NASCAR Truck driver.
JOHN BARBER - Buss, NY NASCAR CWES driver.
BILLY KANN - NASCAR CWWS driver.
ERIC PALMER - New England Pro Four Mod driver.
SUSAN STRUPP - Wife of former Long Islander, now in Charlotte,
TAYLOR BRIAN CUMMINS - The daughter of New Jersey fans Brian and
DARRELL WALTRIP - Former NSC driver, turned TV race commentator,
from Franklin, TN.
JUSTIN LABONTE - NNS/ARCA driving son of Kellogg's NSC driver
Terry and wife Kim.
RICKY PEARSON - BGN Crew Chief, one of retired driver David's
PAULA AUBE - Wife of Charlotte, VT NASCAR CWES driver Jamie.
MATT DILLNER - Long Island brother to Speed's Bobby check him out
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CARL RACKOFF - Here's an address to send cards of sympathy and
condolence; Betsy Rackoff, PO Box 391, Holbrook, NY 11741
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