Racing for fun or for a living is stressful. The nature of the deal is
that our life is on the edge. When you are at the track everything seems
to run at 100 miles an hour. It is racing after all. It is supposed to
move fast. Maybe it is a good time to take a rest. Greetings in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Resting with Jesus, sounds like a new name for a ministry? The
racing world does not corner the market on stress and frustration. The
world we live in has been described as a rat race. Did you every find
yourself wondering why you do what you do? Many times in life the
thought crosses our mind concerning our motivation. Why do we do this?
Why am I here? When we get to that point it is good to step back and
take a look at things. Take a step out of your routine and look for a
place to rest and collect your thoughts. Jesus is that place.
We are entering the time of year when we can take that break and
relax. We can look back and reflect on the season past. Taking some time
to rest and catch up on the things we left behind in our race to the
front. Jesus gives up a place to rest.
Jesus came to save us. From what you ask, from us. We fill our
lives with so much stuff that the stuff starts to win out. We develop a
lifestyle that feeds off itself. We start finding ourselves needing to
do this, this and this in order to maintain our lifestyle. It becomes
overwhelming and we just keep on going trying to stay one-step ahead,
for what? So we can live?
I am not sure many people would classify what they do as living.
They may say surviving, but not living. We all have a vision of what
living is and we are not there yet.
In his poem, The Station, Hastings talks about the vision, “when we
get there”. Where? A new house, car, home, kids through school,
promotion, win a race. We never get there. Once we accomplish one thing
there is another to move on to. Our vision is never satisfied. He writes
further to say it is not the destination, but the journey that we must
focus on. That is why Jesus makes this offer in Matthew:
Matthew 11:28-29, nlt, Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of
you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus provides for each one of us the security of the destination.
If we accept Him we will be with him for eternity. Destination settled,
now about the journey.
At this past World Series at Thompson I made a trip to the Bench.
The bench was presented to Rev. Pat at Thompson Speedway by the Camping
World Ladies Auxiliary along with a plaque thanking him for twenty-five
years of dedicated ministry to the Whelen Modified and Camping World
East Tours. The bench is located by the handicapper’s booth. The message
is simple, come unto me and rest. Park it on the bench, focus on the
journey and not the destination, spend some time with Jesus and seek His
will for your life. When we ask, seek and knock, it will be provided for
us within the will of God. RWJ takes on a new meaning, Rest with Jesus.
Matthew 7:7-12, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and
you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone
who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door
will be opened.
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or
if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you
are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more
will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in
everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this
sums up the Law and the Prophets.
When we take a step back from the challenges of our life and we
realize that we do not have to win the race, our Savior has already won
that race. We can adjust our focus and look around us and participate in
the journey. Along that road we need to reach out and help one another.
We need to guide and direct people to the source of life. We need to, as
Jesus said, be humble and gentle as we demonstrate how to live.
David writes in Psalm 23,
The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful
He renews my strength.
In Jesus we have a place to rest. Rest in Him, walk with Him along
those peaceful streams, and let Him renew your strength.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
CONGRATULATIONS TO TVMS CHAMPION - Chris Pasteryak clinched his
first Championship by finishing seventh in the Ricky Miller Memorial at
Twin State Speedway in New Hampshire . Good Job Chris. The entire family
was on hand to celebrate, Dad Charlie and Uncle Carl are both
accomplished Modified drivers and now Chris has a championship to add to
the families racing heritage.
Matt Hirschman continues to run at the front of the field as he
brought home the win in the race. Matt recently split with one of his
owners of his Whelen Modified Tour ride but it didn’t seem to slow him
down. Matt had planned on running at All-Star but the rainout on
Saturday meant he would race at Twin State on Sunday. Matt will return
to the track in NC at the JBIII-NS Shootout to defend his title.
ALSO IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - Mike Stefanik likes All-Star
Speedway as he recorded another win in an open Mod event. Who knew late
October would be the right time for modified action in the Granite State
HEADED TO THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE - Whelen has come on board as
title sponsor for the Fourth Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled
Challenge, slated for January 2-4, 2009 at the Olympic Sports Complex.
The Bo-Dyne sled, a joint venture between Geoff and Chassis Dynamics, is
truly something for Americans to take pride in. It is built and designed
right here in America and it is only for our bobsled teams. It looks
like we night be able to make the trip this year. I have visited Lake
Placid once before, on my Honeymoon. I am looking forward to making the
trip back there.
FLYING SOUTH - This week we follow the birds south. I did
some searching and found a great non-stop flight from NY to Charlotte ,
so Dan and I will fly south, Concord Motorsports Park to be exact. Turns
out there are still some bargains out there as flying was cheaper than
driving. We are looking forward to one last Modified race. The
competition is always close and the speeds are fantastic. See you down
Have a great week and remember to take some time to rest and renew
your strength, let Jesus give you the peace only He can give.
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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 & LISA KLUKAS - Whelen mod tour crewman and wife celebrate 18
RICK & DONNA SCHAFFER - The Woxall, PA Grandview Speedway based
all-time winningest Mod driver and wife celebrate their 17th
BOB & DOTTIE PARK - This Northport, LI veteran NASCAR WMT driver and
wife, also parents of NASCAR driver Steve, share their anniversary.
MIKE & JULIE STEFANIK - The West Greenwich, RI multi-time NASCAR
WMT, including 2006, and NASCAR CWES champion and wife/GM of Koszela
Speed Warehouse share their 24th anniversary.
PETE RONDEAU - No. Waterboro, ME NASCAR crew chief.
GEGE GRAVEL - Groton, MA ProStock/CWES driver.
GLEN BREHIO - Templeton, MA NASCAR CWES driver.
ANDY HOUSTON - Hickory, NC CTS/NNS driver.
BRUCE KLINE - OCFS dirt Mod driver.
ROY HANKS - Somers, CT ProStock driver.
DENISE BARKER - Wife of Legends 8NY team owner Bob "Mad Dog" Barker
of Staten island, NY.
CASEY LaJOIE - One of BGN Randy's and Lisa's children is 13.
BARBARA SMITH - Wife of Setauket, LI,NY Marco.
KELLY YANETTA - This New Jersey Powder Puff Go-Kart Club driver.
JOE LARSEN, JR - The son of Linda and NASCAR Mod tour official Joe,
ED BERRIER - Winston-Salem, NC NNS driver.
RUSS BROWN - Mannsville, NY NASCAR CWES driver.
KERRY ANDERSON - Scarborough, ME occasional NASCAR CWES 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 turned
WILL WRIGHT - Godson of CWES#84 Driver Dion Ciccarelli and son of
Glidden Motorsports Marketing Dir. Gerry Wright has his 4th birthday.
DANA MAE KOST - Daughter of NSC crewman Mike is 13.
MICHAEL "Bonzi" BOZZUTO - Head tech inspector at Oswego Speedway,
former ESS sprint car driver and "wanna be" dwarf car driver
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 CWES 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 CWES crewman, brother
of photographer Gracie Ryan.
BOBBY CAVALLERO - Farmingdale, NJ Wall Township Speedway and Sprint
Cup fan turns 10.
*** REMEMBRANCES ***
TONY MARCIEL - Passed away November 5,2005. He was LW Miller's
crew chief when he drove for TG Racing.
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