We are pausing in our study this week to address something that creeps
into all of our lives, doubt. As we examine Psalm 23 some of us may be
doubting if it is real. Dan had given me this column addressing doubt.
Are you doubting that God can be counted on to fulfill His promise?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is Rev.
Dan letting Rev. Don have a break this week from writing;
At Racing with Jesus Ministries , we have a lot of
interaction with the drivers on race day. We love to go into Victory
Lane to congratulate the winner and their team. We see a celebration
filled with joy and happiness. But after that we usually take a long
walk through the pits and talk with those drivers as they are loading up
that did not end up in Victory Lane. A lot of times we don't see too
much happiness - many times we see wrecked or broken cars and drivers
and teams that had a bad race. We see misery and drivers who are very
hard on themselves. They tell themselves that they don't have the right
equipment, or that they'll never win. It's amazing how when we are
discouraged, doubt begins to show up.
What is doubt? Well, in simple terms, it means a lack of
confidence. Doubt's job is to exchange your hope, belief, dreams and
faith and put fear in it's place. It's stopping you from obtaining the
goals that you have set for yourself. Doubt is no respecter of persons.
Drivers are not the only ones doubt can creep into; it's in all of us. I
am sure that we have all experienced doubt in our lives at one point or
another. How do we get rid of doubt? Read on, and I'll tell you by using
a biblical example.
Peter in the Bible experienced doubt. Do you remember the
story about Jesus walking on the water? Let me refresh your memory a
little bit. The disciples were out on the water fishing when all of a
sudden heavy winds and waves came. They were working tirelessly to keep
the boat afloat. Around three in the morning, Jesus walked on the water
towards them, They looked out and were afraid, they thought they were
seeing a ghost. You have to remember that they were up most of the night
working to try to keep the boat afloat, Jesus read their minds and told
them not to be afraid, that it was him. Peter, who wanted more proof
said "If it's really you, tell me to come to you." Jesus told Peter to
come on out to him, so he did. As Peter was walking on the water to
Jesus, he suddenly realized what he was doing. He started looking around
and saw the winds and the waves. He took his eyes off Jesus, and looked
at the circumstances around him. At this point, he began to sink. He
cried out to Jesus - "save me!" Jesus reached out his hand and pulled
Peter to safety.
Then in Matthew 14:31 Jesus says "you have so little faith,
why did you doubt me?" If you want to read the whole story, take a look
at Matthew chapter 14 versus 22-32. It's a great story.
Jesus knew that Peter was going to be a leader. He referred
to him as a "Rock" - symbolizing a solid man, Jesus saw Peter's destiny.
He did not see a fisherman who would deny him three times as he was
being crucified. He did not see him as a person that spoke out of line
or as a person who would doubt him, He saw him as a fisher of men. He
saw God's purpose being fulfilled in Peter's life. He was telling him,
don't doubt me, keep your eyes focused on Jesus,
That's the secret to erase doubt in our lives - we all let it
get in our way, we all get discouraged. There are so many things in our
lives that we focus on. In short, I'm telling you that the answer is to
take your eyes off of your circumstances, and put them back on Jesus.
Don't focus on the wind and waves - or your troubles like Peter did, but
put your trust - and your eyes on him. Once we do that, our faith and
hope begin to grow - knowing that God will help us to fulfill our dreams
I hope this helps you, God bless and have a great week!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
Jimmy Blewett sweeps the Mod titles at New Smyrna. What a
great way to start the season for Jimmy. It really looks like he has
positioned himself for a breakout season. I remember last year talking
with his car owner, Ed Partridge, last year when Jimmy held the Whelen
Modified Tour point lead. I talked with him about the prospect of
winning the title and he shared with me that that was something he
really wanted. I told him of the tradition of putting the championship
car in our booth at Motorsports and he said if Jimmy won, we could have
the car. Jimmy didnít and we are still waiting for our official RWJM
Modified. Well it looks like the merger of the #19 and #12 is working
just fine. Jimmy was crowned champion of the pre-season winter meeting
of modifieds in South Florida . What is next? I am sure they will be
chomping at the bit when the Icebreaker rolls around. April seems so far
away. Great job to everyone involved with TS Haulers race team. See you
Tri State Speedway is coming together. I talked with Crystal
this week and things are moving ahead. She is projecting a March 31st
opening date. That puts everything operational for Icebreaker weekend.
Should be a great way to spend Saturday night.
I read that the Modifieds will have a new bumper this year.
As I understand it, the part of the bumper that extended beyond the
frame of the chassis has been removed. This shortens the bumper by about
eleven inches. The bumper will also be centered with the frame. This
eliminates the dangerous overhang that was identified as the culprit in
the crash that took John Blewett IIIís life. It may look a little funny
as it is not centered with the offset body, but in the name of safety
this will make the car safer.
I think we are moving in the right direction when we take the
time to analyze what is taking place on the track and making changes
that increase the safety of the cars and drivers. I think we should
continue to search for ways where we can make every aspect of racing
safer. If you have an idea, share it.
Weíll get back to our study next week. Work this week on
removing the doubt in your mind.
We are reconstructing our Website this offseason so bear with
us as we work on it. The email still works and we will have the current
column posted every week. Keep checking in to see the new site and let
us know what you think. Thanks for being patient. Have a great week.
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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
MARK & DALE THOMAS - The Publisher of Maine based "The Racin' Paper"
and wife share their 8th anniversary.
JOE & ARLEEN SUKUP - This Schodack Landing, NY retired Midget
owner and wife make it 41 years.
RYAN & LORA MARKHAM - This Wayne County Speedway based, Ashalnd,
Ohio Late Model driver and wife celebrate their 9th anniversary.
REV. JOE AND KAREN BUBBICO - Our West Coast Coordinator and his wife
celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary.
SCOTT LAGASSE - St. Augustine, FL NASCAR Truck Series driver.
MIKE MATTHEWS - NJ asphalt Mod driver.
ARLEEN MILLER - Camp Hill, PA Susky fan; Ron's wife.
WAYNE JACKS - Las Vegas, NV NASCAR West driver.
VINCE SUDDARD - Wilmington, DE NASCAR CWES/LM driver.
RICHARD JORDAN - Of long-time Kelly Moore NASCAR CWES sponsor,
REBECCA RESNER - Daughter of Long Island LM team owner, Richie
and wife Melissa.
CHUCK BOWN - Oregon semi-retired NNS/NASCAR Truck driver.
PHIL COOK - Hickory,NC Speedway driver.
PEGGY KARBONIC - Wife of Newington, CT Modified driver Bob,
JONATHAN JORDAN - Of Kelly Moore NASCAR BNS sponsor Jordan
FRANK CANNEY - Meriden, CT photographer.
AJ PAPALE - Son of CT based Mod/ProStock driver/crew cheif Tony
and wife Jodi is 12.
JASON KELLER - Greensville, SC NNS driver.
STEVE SEABURG - New Britain, CT retired Mod driver.
LOIS MATCZAK - Wife of Ellington, CT SuperModified owner Skip.
JIMMY STRUPP - Former Long Islander, now based in Charlotte, NC.
TRACY YOUNG - Canterbury, CT wife of former LM driver Ronnie.
TIMOTHY ZYLA - Son of Shamokin, PA Editor Greg is 18.
MICHAEL RITCH - High Point, NC NNS/LMSC driver.
RICK DYKE - Danbury, CT retired ProStock driver.
LOUIS LaFLEUR - Thompson Speedway track crew member.
NORM HOLDEN - Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver.
T.J. CLARK - Chandler,AZ NASCAR West driver.
BUTCH GILLILAND - Anaheim, CA NASCAR West driver.
PATTI BETTS - Show horse riding Wife of former Long Island now
Salisbury, NC engine builder John.
NESTER Q. KRAMER - Riverhead, NY Billy Pauch fan.
GLENN FITZCHARLES - Pottstown, PA URC Sprint driver.
KEN LAVOIE - Massachusetts driver.
ZUNILDA ROCCO - Wife of the world famous Plainville, CT Modified
driver "Rocket Ronnie."
ELIZABETH DIAS - Wife of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony.
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