The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

12/11/2008

WITHOUT CHRIST IT IS JUST A MESS

   I asked my wife, Lynda to share her perspective on Christmas with you this week.. Her topic of discussion is the coming season of Christmas and our preparation for it. Let me pose the question to you, what are you doing to prepare for the celebration? Read her notes as she discusses how we should prepare. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   This time of year is a time of preparation, preparing for a season of giving, getting, fun, frenzy and exhaustion. Just like preparing for a race the Christmas season leaves us with much to do. In church at this time of year we hear about the Advent season. Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas. Each Sunday leads up to Christmas Day and we hear about the topics of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love. But what are we really in preparation for?
   When I am with Don at a race I am amazed at the amount of time it takes to prepare for the race. Teams arrive hours ahead of the race and spend that time on getting the car ready for the track along with time spent at driverís meetings, time trials, practice and I had better not forget chapel service. Obviously the winner did not get to Victory Lane by deciding to race that day and showing up at the track a just few minutes before the race began. Just showing up doesnít guarantee a win. We can want to win but it can all fall apart by perhaps missing the driverís meeting, not focusing on practice, not making the right adjustments or not having good communication between every crewmember.
   So why does preparing for Christmas really matter? As we run around trying to find the perfect gifts, getting ourselves into debt and sometimes mumbling about how we canít wait for this season to be over, arenít we just trying to show those close to us how much we care about them? Is that what Christmas is supposed to be about? If we look back in history we will find that giving gifts for Christmas is actually a relatively new thing. It wasnít until around two hundred years ago that gifts started to be exchanged (before that it was considered an insult to give gifts on Christís birthday) and if a gift was given then it was a simple handmade or inexpensive gift so as not to make someone feel ashamed about the worth of their gift. Commercialism just started to take over somewhere around 50 to 60 years ago. From there it has spiraled out of control. We have all fallen into the trap of buying bigger and better gifts than the year before. Let me ask you how many of us can really even remember what we received the year before?
   Recently I looked into the meaning of Advent and getting ready for Christmas. I first must admit that I was well on my way to having a rather bad attitude towards Christmas this year. I couldnít possibly see how I was going to find the time to shop or even think about what to buy. I was planning on feeling overwhelmed and tired and I was sure that Christmas was going to come and go before I was able to enjoy it. When I looked into the meaning of Advent I found that it meant ďto come toĒ or ďan arrivalĒ and that it refers to Christís coming into this world.

   Luke 2:8-20, And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
   Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
   "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
   When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
   So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

   However, Advent has another meaning; it refers to is Christís second coming as He has promised to come back again.

   Revelation 21: 1-4, Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

   I have to admit that I tend to lean towards thinking about the birth of Christ at Christmas. As Christians though we should be looking for the second coming of Christ. It should remind us that He is found within us every day, we are never alone and one day he will come back in glory so that we might share in Godís Kingdom with Him.
   By bringing the true meaning of Christmas back in front of us we will be able to let go of the pressure of thinking that it is all about finding just the right gift, how much money to spend this year, which party to attend and do we go to the grandmaís house or just stay home this year? If we take the time to slow down and step back from all the frenzy we will find the moments that bring us the most joy. What would happen if we spent less time shopping this year? Perhaps we wouldnít spend the next few months trying to pay it off or catch up with the bills? Often we donít realize that we put pressure on those around us to keep up when they canít really afford to. They end up depressed and often dread this time of year because they canít ďshow offĒ about what they have. We have become very competitive about what we have in material things and about the houses we live in. Itís not that we have to eliminate gift giving or decorating but we need to get back to more of a balance. We often think that by doing less we are depriving ourselves from living the ďgood lifeĒ. What we donít realize is that we actually will feel better about how we live if we have a more disciplined life. Having more things just means we have more to take care of or more to throw away or more things that we have to replace by buying a bigger or better model. By making things simpler and less stressed we can focus on what Godís plan has always been for us.

   Romans 5: 1-5,Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

   After spending time looking into what Christmas should be about I have changed my way of looking at it this year. I am feeling I have more control over how this season will go by letting go of the control over it and just remembering to honor God for the gift He gave us with the birth of Christ and the promise that He will come again. By looking at the gifts that we can give, we should all realize that the best gift is our time. By helping those in need, visiting a lonely person, giving a friend a call or praying for a closer walk with God we will let go of the need to compete with those around us and the true reason we celebrate Christmas will follow us long into the New Year. May each of us have the blessed season that we were intended to have. God Bless!

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   In one word, boring and boy does it feel good. It has been a while since I didnít have a race looming on the horizon. That just means I have to catch up on all the things that have been let go during the racing season. The paperwork is staggering. I want to thank all of you for being patient waiting for me to respond to some of your requests. Iíll get there soon.
   Iíll be headed down to Orlando this week for the PRI Show. I hope to see a few of you there. Dan will cover the banquets at Mohegan Sun. Relax and enjoy the holiday season. Take some time and just sit down and visit. God bless and enjoy the time off.

   Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Online Apparel Store at www.RWJM.org. Call us with your prayer and counseling needs and list all your prayer needs, no matter what part of our racing family you are in, with the Racing Family Prayer Request Page www.rwjm.org/page/prayers.php also send your prayer request by mail. Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

   Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084. Check our weekly printed pages in "Area Auto Racing News", the East Coastís largest weekly racing paper" See our on-line Apparel Store for subscription information. Check our home page www.rwjm.org for past articles. We invite you to input your thoughts as you sign our Guest Book. Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful financial support.

   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

CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

December 12
ERNIE & MARILYN SAXTON
- The legendary Grandview announcer, columnist,
Motorsports Marketing Founder/President and Eastern Motorsports Press
Association Pres. and the woman who has been by his side all the way
have their 33rd anniversary.
BILL & CINDY ELLIOTT - Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, GA and wife have
their 15th anniversary.
JIM & PATTY MAVLOUGANES - This Wethersfield, CT ProStock driver and wife
share their 10th anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***


December 10
JEFF KERTAINIS
- NASCAR WMT team crewman.
ANDREA JIVANELLI
- Wife of Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.
LYNN POZZUTTO
- Office Manager and devoted employee of Frankland Racing Supply Racing Rears and Clincher Gears; VP Dan's wife.
EDWARD SHELMERDINE
- Son of ARCA driver/ Crew Chief Kirk.

December 11
JAROD ROBIE
- Manchester, NH Robie Motorsports NASCAR CWES and All Pro driver.
STEVE "WOODY" WOOD - Former Truex Crewman, now NSC crew for Ray Evernham in Mooresville, NC, also the son-in-law of Doris Bradley.
CHRISSY DIONNE
- A daughter of RWJM West Coast Coordinator Gary and Counselor wife Debbie.

December 12
ED LILLY
- Retired PA/NJ asphalt Mod driver.
AMANDA & CHRISTEN WAUGH
- The twin daughters of RWJM Western PA/Ohio Coordinator/ Challenger Raceway Chaplain Rev. Bill and wife Dawn.
BILL LADABOUCHE
- Maine writer.
MARSHA MEANS
- NSC Jimmy's wife.

December 13

GARY SHACKFORD
- Center Conway, NH Camping World East Series driver/crew cheif.
TREY TOMAINO - This Wall Township Speedway Modified driver is a son of Howell, NJ NASCAR WMT driver/RWJM Rep. Jamie and wife Cheryl and CTS crew member.
CHERIE WIBBELSMAN
- Wife of Dr. Chris, son of Dunwoody, GA RWJM advisor Dick and wife Judy.

December 14
HERSHELL McGRIFF
- California's ageless driver/owner.
CRAIG ORMSBY - D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
MARK BYRD
- Lebanon Valley Modified driver.
MIKE SCHANTZENBACH
- Mahoning Valley driver.
JOHNY CHAPMAN
- Stony Point, NC LMSC/BGN driver.
STEVE HMIEL
- NSC/NNS Crew Chief.
GEORGE HARRINGTON
- Lebanon Valley fan.
ALLISON BELMONT
- One of ARCA driver/East Windsor Promoter Andy and wife Jennifer children.

December 15
JAN LEATY
- Williamson, NY NASCAR WMT driver.
TOMMY MARKHAM
- Son of Fredricksburg, VA NSC/NNS driver Curtis is 16.
DANIELLE WAUGH
- RWJM Challenger/Jennerstown Chaplain Bill and wife Dawn's youngest child is 21.
JANAI WILSON
- The daughter and fellow track crewman with her husbad and aslo dad RWJM Chaplain Bob Menschner at Wall Township Speedway.
BILL ROBINSON
- Whiting, NJ NASCAR, Wall Township Speedway and New Egypt Speedway fan and the son-in-law of Doris Bradley, another WTS and Modified fan.

December 16
LISA JAMES
- Canterbury, CT RWJM advisor and longtime assistant to Pat. Also the wife of RWJM advisor Scott.
TOM HAGER
- West Easton, PA dirt Modified legendary driver.
TED DENSIESKI
- Brother of Riverhead Raceway Mod driver Ed.
JUDY BRYANT
- Wife of NC Modified driver Johnny.
LINDA VENEZIAN
- Wife of Joe, Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs.
TRAVERS CAMBRA
- Former Wall Township Speedway photographer, now Sales Rep. for Overhead Doors.

*** CREW ADDITIONS ***

LOGAN CARL WATTS
, Ryan Watts and wife Lesley welcomed their son on
December 1, 2008, as a new addition to their crew. Ryan is a dirt
modified driver at Big Diamond and Bridgeport

SHARE YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS WITH YOUR RACING FAMILY.
SEND THEM TO:
RACING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES
PO BOX 586, Tolland, CT, 06084

TheChromeHorn RWJM Archives

Racing With Jesus Ministries Website

THE END

Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: December 11, 2008

©2008 GeeLaw Motorsports/RacerHub.com