Sometimes no matter how hard we try we seem to be spinning our wheels.
We are not moving forward. Our life seems to be stuck. It feels empty.
We wonder how we got here and what we have to do to change our
Sometimes our life is empty. We look around and the things we have
just don’t cut it. They don’t have the same attraction they once did.
You need something else, something more satisfying, something more
We have seen it, we have experienced it, we all have been through
it, times in our life when it just seems we are out of place. We wonder
which decision led us to this place. We wonder if we can backup and
change that decision.
We were at South Boston this past weekend and you could see some of
that happening. Teams unloaded and ran fast in the first practice. As
they tried to improve things they ended up going slower. They stopped
and tried to put things back to where they were but they couldn’t get
the same results. The results were dissatisfaction, regret and
When we make decisions in life that lead us to places we weren’t
expecting we wonder why. We want to backup and start over. We wonder why
we went down the road in the first place.
I want you to understand there is only one place in our lives that
we will find satisfaction and fulfillment; when you are in God’s Will.
What that means is you are making decisions that agree with what God
wants for your life. When we display God’s character in our life it
becomes fulfilling. When we reap the blessings that are a result of
doing what God directs us to do, life becomes satisfying. We have a
peace that fills our life.
Why do we choose to do things contrary to God’s design? Many things
come to mind, we think we know better, we think God couldn’t understand
our situation. I am here to tell you that we can rationalize it any way
we want, the truth remains, God knows what is best for us.
If true fulfillment and satisfaction come from God then we need to
prepare ourselves for service to God. Listen to this advice that Paul
gave to young Timothy,
1Timothy 4:6-16, If you point these things out to the
brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the
truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather,
train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present
life and the life to come.
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for
this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God,
who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you
because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech,
in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself
to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not
neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when
the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that
everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely.
Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and
Paul encourages Timothy not to let things get in the way of living
a life that honors God. In our life we should set an example in
everything we do, in what we say, in how we live, in what we have in our
hearts and how we show our faith. We should show an example that isn’t
tarnished or tainted.
God has something for us to do. He asks us to put our trust and
faith in Him. He asks us to show that to everyone we meet. He promises
that if we do our life will be fulfilling and satisfying. We will enjoy
life more than we could ever imagine.
I suspect you are a lot like me, we have some things to work on.
Reflect on these verses and see if there aren’t a few things you can do
to make your life more pleasing to God. It is worth the effort. God
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
SOBO A GREAT RIDE - We headed down to South Boston a day early
this week. That meant I missed the local racing action but it was worth
the sacrifice. On Friday night at Grace Baptist Church in Clarksville
Virginia , Rev Dan and I led a dedication service for Samantha Ann
Santerre. We were joined by South Boston MRO Chaplain Jim Foster. We
enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the lives of the race teams we
serve. We spent a meaningful time with Andy and Sue and their family and
We had a wonderful time staying with Jim and his wife on Friday
night. As many of you know many times on these trips we spend time in
the four-wheeled motel. This time we were able to relax a little, get
some sleep and wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking. In fact we
arrived at the track Saturday morning refreshed and well rested. We were
spoiled and it was a blessing. We are planning a return visit to the
Foster Inn. When September rolls around we have a double race weekend;
Dover for The Camping World East on Friday followed by a Saturday visit
to Martinsville for the Whelen Modified Tour. The road from Dover to
Martinsville travels right past Cow Road in Clarksville and the Foster’s
said to stop in and enjoy some good old southern hospitality. Dan and I
are looking forward to it.
South Boston proved equal to the statement; there are no one car
crashes at SoBo. When one car spun in practice three others were
collected and two of the four involved were forced to backup cars. Jamie
Hayes and Matt Kobyluck had their work cut out for them. Matt faired the
better of the two driving his backup car to a fifth place finish. Jamie
was very disappointed because they had tested at SoBo and his primary
car was fast.
West Coast transplant Brian Ickler made it back to back winning
this one in dominating fashion, leading 149 of the 155. Again there were
post race tech issues and the results may be subject to change. We’ll
know this week.
Eddie McDonald had the ride of the day. After getting caught up in
an early spin he blended in at the rear of the field. He drove his socks
off bringing it home fourth. Austin Dillon and Peyton Sellers finished
second and third filling out the top five.
Rookie Austin Dillon still holds the point lead, but Peyton Sellers
is making great strides to make up the points taken away in Greenville .
He moved up seven spots to thirteenth. Eddie McDonald, Jeff Earnhardt
and Matt Kobyluck all moved into the top ten.
We headed out after the race and had an uneventful ride home. Well
almost uneventful, I am sad to say that one particularly large possum
didn’t make it home Saturday night. He is resting in the middle of the
entrance ramp someplace around Richmond .
Anderson Speedway Family Suffers Loss
The Anderson Speedway family mourns the loss of veteran track crew
member, Roy Hiatt.
Roy lost his life Saturday night during the running of the Pay Less
Little 500 when he was struck by a sprint car on the track.
Roy had been a loyal member of the track crew for many years and
was well regarded by the fans, competitors and fellow workers.
“Words cannot begin to describe the devastation we feel at this
time,” said Rick Dawson, President of the Speedway. “ Roy was a great
friend and integral part of our crew. Roy loved this place and he
unselfishly worked hard for the track and fans to insure they were given
the best shows.”
“We do not understand why terrible things like this happen. We must
believe that there is a higher being that has a better plan and someday
we will all know what that plan is. We will all pull together and get
through this tough time and insure that Roy’s legacy will survive here
at the Speedway as Roy would have definitely wanted”, Dawson further
said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to
Roy ’s family and many friends during their time of need”.
Chuck McNeil, our Midwest representative and Anderson Speedway
Chaplain, conducted the service last Wednesday night. Our thoughts and
prayers go out to the entire Anderson Speedway family.
Dan and newcomer Allen, AKA Ricky, Maddox will be headed up to
Watkins Glen for the Camping World East race this weekend. Lynda and I
will celebrate 28 years of marriage on June 7, 2008. I’ll be at the my
local haunts, Thompson and Stafford to catch up on the local racing
scene, I hope to see you there.
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SCOTT & LISA JAMES - This couple from Canterbury, CT who helped lead
this ministry in the past and currently serve as ministry advisors have
their 15th anniversary
LLOYD & LINDA MOORE - This Unity, ME driver and wife have their
REV. DON AND LYNDA RIVERS - The RWJM President and WMT Pastor and
wife celebrate their 28th anniversary.
MARCEL & LYNN L'ETOILE - This retired driver and proud parents of
Massachusetts ProStock driver Frank, share their 40th anniversary.
BETTY ANN EVANS - The wife of Racing with Jesus Ministries founder
Rev. Pat Evans.
BOBBY HILLIN, JR. - Midland, TX NNS driver.
MICHAEL DOKKEN - St. Petersburg, FL LM/CTS driver.
JENETTE SMULLEY - Daughter of Big Diamond owners Fritz and Krista
BUTCH MILLER - Coopersville, MI NASCAR CTS driver.
MIKE & TED CHRISTOPHER - Plainville, CT twin drivers, both
talented in open and closed wheel competition.
EUGENE SENA - Middletown, CT Mike Christopher and NASCAR WMT
GARY NELSON - NASCAR Managing Director of Competition.
TONY SYLVESTER, JR. - The son of semi-retired Lebanon, CT Mod/NASCAR
CWES driver Tony and wife Diane is 18.
LISA NICKEL - The daughter of Thompson Speedway photographer
Scott and wife Joan is 17.
RANDY PORTER - Greenville, SC NNS and Greenville Pickens Speedway
JIM HAILEY, JR. - Winston-Salem, NC Tri-County and Caraway
Speedways LMSC driver; son of Richard Childress Show Car Team Manager
BILL "TIGER" PERRY - Seekonk Speedway Sportsman driver.
WENDELL & CAROL KILCOLLINS - This husband and wife from Stafford
Springs both celebrate. Wendell is a retired Modified driver, now Crew
Chief for Willie Hardee's WAAS Modified team.
KATY COLSON - Daughter of Leominster, MA ProStock driver Fran and
VICTORIA ACKERLY - The daughter of Orange County Fairgrounds
Speedway Modified driver Ray is 12.
DENNIS DEMERS - Shelburne, VT NASCAR CWES driver.
RAY HORNER - New Jersey asphalt Modified driver.
TIM DAMIANI - Pennsy Modified driver.
ANTHONY DAMIANI - A son of Tim's is 14.
JIM BOARDMAN - Maynard, MA LM/NASCAR CWES driver.
MIKE SWAIM - Archdale, NC LMSC driver.
CHUCK MONTVILLE - Crewman on the Ralph Solhem Danny Sammons driven
NASCAR WMT team.
LESLIE LaJOIE - Wife of two time NNS champion driver Randy.
MARTIN SCHIFF - Wayland, MA proprietor of Sponsor Development of
Reston, Ent., husband of Wayland Travel's Jane.
JOEL MARTIN - Son of Concord, NC NSC photographers Gary and Judy.
BRIDGETT JIVANELLI - Daughter of Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.
KELSEY BABB - Daughter of Beech Ridge Speedway LM driver Bobby
and wife Carla is 17.
ZACHARY D'ALESSANDRO - Agawam, MA son of Ingrid and former
Modified driver and current WAAS Modified crewman Ron is 12.
JOE BUCHEK - Binghamton, NY retired Modified driver; We-Go Racing
Fan Club activist.
SHARON MOORE - Horseshoe, NC wife of Gary.
KRISTEN LABONTE - Daughter of Nextel Cupp driver Terry and wife
JON MAYLOTT - Enfield, CT Lebanon Valley Speedway RWJM Counselor,
hockey coach and CT District Commissioner for Youth Hockey.
BILLY BIGLEY, JR. - Naples, FL All Pro Series driver.
RON D'ALESSANDRO - Agawam, MA former Mod No. 124 owner/driver at
the now closed Riverside Park Speedway and current DWRS Modified
TY BERGER - A past Advertising Director for "National Speed Sport
News" from 1969 to 1978 and always involved in racing from Kutztown, PA.
JOHN SNEAD - Oxford, MA former Modified driver.
STEVE DARNE - Woodbridge, VA LMSC driver.
NICOLE MICHILOWSKI - Daughter of Lebanon Valley driver Mark and
wife Robin is 17.
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