EYE FOR AN EYE
by Rev. Don Rivers
I donít get mad, I get even! I know some folks who live that way, are you
one of them? We want the right to get back at those who harm us. We want to
see them get what we think they deserve. Many times we want to be the one
inflicting the justice. What do you think Christ would say? Greetings in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Getting even, claiming our rights, making sure we are treated
fairly are all things each one of us expect. Our country was built on the
premise that we each have certain unalienable rights. When we are mistreated
or taken advantage of we want justice.
What is justice? We want it for others but for us we prefer
forgiveness. I remember a meeting I had once between a veteran and a young
driver. The young driver was brash and bold. He drove his race car without
regard for the other competitors. This veteran was on the receiving end of
one of these acts of defiance. It could have cost him his life.
By all accounts the veteran could have done many things to that
young driver and be totally justified. Instead there was a tone of
forgiveness in his voice. He talked calmly to the young man. He explained
how in his early days he drove the same way. When someone drove him hard he
would respond harder. He didnít care who it was. He shared how one day he
intentional crashed someone and they got hurt. He shared how difficult it
was to go and tell the family what he had done. From that day on he lived
and raced with a different agenda.
He said to the young driver that in his younger days he would have
done the same thing but now knowing what he knows, he responds differently.
He told the young man he was forgiven and encouraged him to change the way
he drove because he didnít want him to have to go through what he did.
Sometimes we want revenge when we should show compassion. Listen to
what Christ has to say about it;
Matthew 5:38-42; "You have heard
that it was said, `Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not
resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to
him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let
him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with
him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the
one who wants to borrow from you.
Turn the other cheek, this is where it originated. Jesus gave us
that instruction when we are faced with the prospect of getting even. This
is a very difficult instruction for us to deal with because it puts the
control out of our hands. We want to decide what judgment is exercised
against those who mistreat us.
If you have been following these past few weeks you will notice a
consistent theme, let go and let God. You see Jesus wants us to realize that
we need to turn it over to God. He wants to release us of the burden of
trying to control things. Some of us are control freaks and we need to be in
control of everything. Jesus wants us to relinquish control to him and live
free of that burden.
If you donít think it is a burden try releasing it. Let the day
come to you. Donít try to control things just let them happen. Let the other
guy go first. Let someone cut in front of you. If you begin to get
uncomfortable then you are a control freak. It is a burden.
Donít repay evil with evil, turn the other cheek. Do the
unexpected, donít get even. Try it out this week and see if things donít
turn out different. They will and you will be released from your desire to
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS - We lost the Patriarch of Fadden
Racing this past week. Stanley ďStubĒ Fadden went home to be with the Lord
after a long battle with illness. Stub was a legend in Northeast racing
circles as the line at the wake proved. I made the trip up to New Hampshire
with Howie and Mary Hodge. It was a great time to reminisce.
I remember the first time I heard his name. We were at the
Motorsports show and had some memorabilia that was signed to sell to raise
money for the ministry. One was a hat signed by Stub Fadden. I asked Rev.
Pat who that was. He shared who Stub was and how he affected those who raced
in the Northeast. It didnít sink in until I had the chance to meet him in
I remember the first time I met Stub, it was Thunder Road and the
then Busch North Series was in town for what would prove to be the last
time. The Little Trees team had a backup car available and Stub was going to
qualify it to fill out the field. I remember standing next to him as he
pointed to his unique driving shoes; penny loafers. He proclaimed, ďDo you
know why I wear these? You donít have to bend down and tie them.Ē He
captured everyoneís attention and it was easy to see why he was so popular.
Stub did qualify and started the race. The plan was to run a few
laps and bring it in. Two things worked against that plan; one, Stub had a
good car and he knew it. Two, when you put a racecar driver in a race seat
and tell him to race it is awful hard for him to stop. Most times when you
run a backup car, the driver understands his role. Stub, being the founder
of the race team, had that working to his advantage and was not going to
face any criticism for not following the plan. He stayed out, finished the
race and brought home a top ten; ninth place I believe. When asked he simply
said, ďAs I drove around I said to myself, íI can win this thing.íĒ And win
he almost did.
I remember the night the Busch East Series crowned their first
Champion, an old friend with a long history of supporting NASCAR full-bodied
racing in the Northeast. Mike Olsen returned to the top spot for the second
time, but the first in the newly named series. One thing that holds true in
life and racing is that someone helped make us who we are. In victory lane
at Lime Rock Park that sight was not truer as we saw Stub Fadden, Mikeís
grandfather, join him in celebrating the title. Stub has been in the racing
game for many years and his influence and guidance made Mike the racer and
man he is today.
There was a tremendous amount of history seated next to Mike on
that victory platform and a lesson there for each of us to remember. We did
not get to where we are in life alone. Someone came before us and paved the
way. Remember those and honor them for what they gave to us. Life is fragile
and we need to remember how our actions affect others. We need to remember
that everything we do has an effect not only on those around us but also on
those who follow us for years to come.
We are going to miss him, but his influence and the stories will
remain in our hearts and memories. Rest in peace, friend.
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STANLEY ďSTUBĒ FADDEN Ė Stub went home to be with the Lord on
March 11, 2009. He was the patriarch of Fadden Racing and raced throughout
the Northeast for six decades running his last a few years ago at Thunder
Road in Barre Vermont . Stub ran many races in his life and touched the
hearts of many. One of his greatest joys was racing with his grandson,
Two-time CWES Champion Mike Olsen. He also loved going to the track and
cheering on his other children and grandchildren. Stub had a tremendous
influence in the racing careers of so many drivers. We will miss that
smiling face greeting us when we return to the pits.
Sympathy cards can be directed to his wife Charlotte Fadden, at
P.O. Box 427, North Haverhill, N.H. 03774 .
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