Have you noticed the world is becoming more ďMe FirstĒ? It seems
everywhere you go someone is trying to get ahead of you. What is it that
makes us think we deserve to be first? Greetings in the name of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Racing is built on being first, thatís the whole object. Finishing
first on the race track is what we strive for, but being first is
different. You can earn your way to the front by racing, but some people
think they deserve to be in front. We have to be careful when we think
we deserve more than others, when we think more of ourselves that we
We see it all around us, people thinking they deserve to be first.
Whether it is on the track, on the road, at the tollbooth, in the
checkout line, just about anywhere we go, people think they deserve to
be first. We all have our reasons, but what about those we take from to
be first, do we consider their situation? Christ counseled us about
thinking we deserve a place at the head table.
Luke 14:7-11, When he noticed how the guests picked the
places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone
invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a
person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the
host who invited both of you will come and say to you, `Give this man
your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important
place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when
your host comes, he will say to you, `Friend, move up to a better
place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow
guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted."
What happens when we donít get what we think we deserve? How do we
feel when we are not treated the way we think we should. What goes
through our heart and mind when we start behaving like we are more
important than we really are? All things that should make us think.
Think about this, ďIt is better to cut someone some slack, than having
to start over.Ē
In a race it can be as simple as lifting and letting someone in or
not driving through someone. If you donít you could find yourself
starting over in the back. Your car could be damaged and your race is
over. Many a car capable of winning the race, finishing first, didnít
have that chance because they didnít cut someone some slack.
In life the same thing is true but the back of the field is a
little different. We start over on our road to growing in our
relationship with God. We take several steps back when we lose our
humility. Life is about making progress toward enjoying the blessings
God has for us and living the abundant life He promised. We are moving
along that road. Then it happens, we think more of ourselves than we
ought and our focus changes from external to internal. We become
Remember that Scripture from Stafford, letís visit it again.
Colossians 3: 8-17; But now is the time to get rid of anger,
rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Donít lie to each
other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its
wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to
know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesnít
matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised,
barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and
he lives in all of us.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let
the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body
you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and
as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your
hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
When we are self-centered we view things differently. We get angry.
We are motivated to retaliate. We show frustration and stress. We are
not much fun to be around.
Is the peace of Christ dwelling in your heart? If it is, there
wonít be any anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty
language. You see they both donít fit inside. When the frustration and
anger that we hold onto is removed the peace of Christ remains.
We need to have our priorities right. We need to cut others some
slack, understanding. We will then remove the frustration and anger pent
up inside. We will be at peace. Christ offers us a better place to live.
We need to accept that.
We can go through life angry and frustrated with the world, or we
can ďlet the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts.
We need to follow the example of Christ, who set aside His standing
in Heaven and came to earth to sacrifice His life for us. Even though we
were undeserving, He came and gave His life for us. The ultimate
peacemaker, Christ made it possible for us to know God. Live in the
peace He offers.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WORLD SERIES WRAPS UP SEASON - Although chilly the sun shone
bright at Thompson Speedway this past weekend. In the driverís meeting
they asked for two cars to remain on the track after the feature race,
the race winner and the 2008 WMT Champion. They would be one in the
same, the #36 driven by TC. This is the first Whelen Modified
Championship for TC after many close calls. Maybe marriage does agree
with him? Teddy clearly was chomping at the bit to go to the lead but he
held back and shadowed his nearest competitor, Matt Hirschman. When Matt
slowed and pitted because of a faulty alternator the path to the front
was clear. TC didnít have to be told twice, he went to the front and won
both the race and the championship. He said in victory lane he wanted to
eliminate any confusion and have only one car for folks to focus on.
A disappointed Matt Hirschman made his to Victory Lane to
congratulate Ted. Matt has proven he has what it takes and one day he
will have his day in the sun.
Following TC home were Chuck Hossfeld, Ronnie Silk, Doug Coby, and
Erick Rudolph Erick Rudolph had a great week after winning up at
Syracuse . Veteran Jamie Tomaino showed he still has what it takes
coming home sixth and capping a late season resurgence.
All in all it was a great season. We want to thank everyone who
encouraged and supported us. Our Chapel service on Sunday was fantastic,
it was great to see so many come out to honor God. We feel honored to
serve you in the name of our Lord. Thank You.
WEBSITE UPDATES - Take a stop by our website and you will
notice some additions. We have a place for you to remember and honor our
founder Rev. Pat. If you have a story or something else you would like
to share about what Rev. Pat meant to you send it along and we will add
it to a tribute page. It is hard to believe it has been over three
You will also find a new place called Pit Stop. Here you will find
up to date information about breaking news from RWJM or the racing
community. If you have something you need to get out there, let me know.
Iíll make a point of posting the latest information about what is going
We have a few weeks off to collect our thoughts and reflect on the
season then it is off to Concord for the John Blewett III Memorial
North-South Shootout. The information I was getting was positive and it
looks like the Turkey Derby is a go. Looks like Howie and I have a road
trip in place. I think we might even have the Mailman with us making it
a special delivery.
We will see you down the road. If you need us do not hesitate to
contact us. We are here to serve you. God Bless.
SOME THINGS TO PRAY ABOUT - Former NASCAR official Donita
St.John will be in the hospital this week for some tests. Keep her and
the doctors in your prayers.
Also, a crewmember from the Greenfield Dodge/Witt team lost his
life while he worked at a Jersey Turnpike construction site, Richard
Brady. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
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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
REV. PAT & BETTY EVANS - This would have been the 25th anniversary
for Pat and Betty. Please keep Betty in your prayers as this will be a
JIM & PAT BEEBE - The Star Speedway NASCAR flagman and wife have
DON & MELINDA FOWLER - This Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver and
wife have their 36th anniversary.
KEITH & DEBORAH CYR - The AARN photographer from Danbury, CT and
wife share their 11th anniversary.
MR. & MRS. DALE HOLDRIDGE - This senior Waterford Speedbowl
driver and wife have their 45th anniversary.
RAY & PAULA ACKERLY - This Katonah, NY dirt Modified driver and wife
celebrate their 17th anniversary.
JOHN & KATHY TEMCHAK - This NHMS Victory Lane staff member and wife
from Canterbury, NH have their 29th anniversary.
JOHN & DONNA HALL - This racing couple of Northeast Connecticut
have their 12th anniversary.
TONY VECCHIO - Syracuse, NY Former NASCAR CWES team owner and
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/NNS driver Andy
and wife Jennifer.
TRACY LESLIE - Clemens, MI NNS/ASA driver.
EDDIE DUMBROWSKI - Riverhead Raceway based Rusty Turbush LM
STEPHANIE PETFIELD - A daughter of Thornwood, NY RWJM CWES Pastor
Dan and wife Debbie.
S.J. GOLEMBESKI - crew member for the WMT #99 of Jamie Tomaino.
WARD BURTON - South Boston, VA returning NNC driver.
BILLY "BEAR" CALLICHO - Meriden, CT top innovator, owner on the
PAUL TEETER - Ithaca, NY antique car enthusiast.
AMANDA GRAVEL - A daughter of NH ProStock driver Gege and wife
JOSHUA BRANDON LAWRENCE - The son of Dino and Chris, proprietors
of Carolina Signworks in Rockingham, NC RWJM Counselors turns 10.
SAMMY SWINDELL - WoO Sprint driver.
DEBORAH PETFIELD - RWJM Counselor/ Singer from Thornwood, NY;
CWES Pastor Dan's wife.
BRANDON SETZER - The son of Newton, NC NASCAR CTS driver Dennis
and wife Darla is 13.
DICK TRICKLE - Fan favorite retired Wisconsin based NSC team driver.
NEWT HARTMAN - Flagtown, NJ East Windsor Mod driver.
RAY HEDGER - Williamson, NY Bruce Driver WMT Crew Chief.
MARC OSWALD - Vineland, NJ based "Trackside" Magazine Field Sales
AMANDA PETFIELD - Thornwood, NY RWJM CWES Pastor & vice president
Dan and wife Debbie's youngest is 15.
ALLAN CLAFFIE - East Series Racing web master and Steve Park look
JOE RUTTMAN - Upland, CA born, Brentwood, TN NASCAR CTS driver.
RICK BELL - Poughkeepsie, NY NASCAR BNS Road Racing specialist
with Merit Motorsports.
BILL BRICE, JR. - NASCAR WMT Chief Tech. Inspector and former
Wall Township Speedway Sportsman Modified champion from New Jersey.
TOM BALDWIN, JR. - Dad taught him all he knows. The son of
Bellport, NY Tiger Tom, Tom is now working with Bill Davis Racing on the
JOAN HOFFMAN - Mom of Allentown, PA dirt Mod star, Doug.
ALEXIS MICHEL - The daughter of Wall Township Speedway star
Modified driver Dave and wife. Kyle is 14.
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