Going places is a way of life especially for those who race. Where have you
gone recently? What trips have you made? Did you go because you wanted to or
because you needed to? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Travel is a part of the world we live in. We travel from here to
there at a moments notice. We think nothing of getting up and driving
someplace. Isnít it great to have that freedom?
This past weekend the snow prevented my Brother-in-lawís family
from flying to Miami to catch a cruise. No problem, they rented a car and
drove. It was that or lose the cost of the cruise. I can tell you he was
motivated to get there.
That brings up an interesting scenario, what motivates us to go
places? Generally it is a race, right? We are in Florida for a race,
actually several. There are many options here for racers and race fans, so
we travel to Daytona in February. What would happen if we let our travel
plans be directed by God? Where would we go then?
We have been studying passages that talk about meeting Jesus face
to face. We have been talking about the changes that are possible, and
probable, in your life when you come face to face with the living God. Those
that know Jesus are the face of Jesus to the world. That means we are the
ones people need to come face to face with. We then must go to the places
When we start to look at things through those eyes we start to
realize our motive. We should go to places with the desire to meet people
face to face and show them that Jesus cares for them. We stop being
motivated to please ourselves and start letting Christ guide our lives.
Jesus did the same and taught the disciples those lessons.
One of the most revealing face to face encounters that Jesus had
was with the woman at the well. We will spend a few weeks exploring that
passage. This week we will look at one small verse that sets the tone for
where we go.
John 4:4, Now he
had to go through Samaria.
Jesus found it necessary; he had
to go through Samaria. Samaria was like a bad neighborhood, Jewish people
didnít go there because they didnít like the people there. Jews believed
that the people that lived there had corrupted their faith by intermarrying.
They avoided the area by crossing the Jordan, traveling up the other side
and then crossing back over when they reached their destination. Crossing
the river was not without risk, but they would rather take the risk then go
Jesus set a different tone; He had to go through Samaria. What does
that mean for us? Do we go where we are comfortable and safe? Do we avoid
those places where people are different than us? Do we reach out to those
who need to know Christ or do we only reach out to those we are comfortable
We have to go through Samaria. We have to follow Godís lead and go
to the places that maybe we wouldnít think to go, where people need to know
Jesus and the love and care Jesus has for them. I challenge you to pray this
week and ask God where your Samaria is. Ask God to direct your travel. Ask
God to give you the faith, strength and courage to go through Samaria.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
FLORIDA GREETS US WITH A COLD
BITE - Fun in the sun is great except when the heat doesnít come along
with it. Everyone I talked with shared how uncommon the cold weather has
been lately. So cold in fact that it snowed in Florida. I wonder if they are
going to let me come back? I think we will make the trip back and hope for
NEW SMYRNA HAS DIFFICULT WEATHER WEEK - With rain and cold
playing havoc with the schedule the folks at NSS did their best to keep
things moving. I rolled in on Wednesday for the John Blewett Memorial and
closed the week out with the Richie Evans Memorial on Saturday night.
Saturdayís race reminded me of why I like Modified racing, flat out flying.
It was great to meet up with some old friends and make some new ones.
Jason Rosarius is a young driver who is looking ahead for big
things. Jason is also a Christian and has made the choice to include Jesus
as part of his racing. He carries the Racing with Jesus Ministries logo and
will help spread the word in the Florida area. We are trying to put a race
night together for later in the season to support the work we do. Pray that
things would work out and we would be able to put things together.
Ran into Madhouse TV star Chris Fleming and had a good discussion
about the show and his roll. He was thankful for the show as it extended his
racing career however long it runs. He shared how he canít wait for his
sonís racing career to take off and if the show ends then he will step aside
and concentrate on his sonís career.
Also got to be a fly on the wall as Jack Bateman and Bear discussed
some of the creative engine building techniques that were being tested
during the week. Some of those engines building techniques will get you in
hot water. Not a bad place to be in the cold, but it did lead to someone
being DQís. It will be interesting to see what becomes of them.
We do need to continue to lift up Charlie Pasteryak. He was doing
his best not to focus on his upcoming treatment and surgery. He shared that
driving was taking his mind off it. I am sure the ride home will give too
much time to think, pray that God would give him the peace, strength and
courage he needs to get through this.
DAYTONA - As I mentioned before this was my first visit to
the World Center for Speedway Racing and it didnít disappoint. First we
drove around the facility to get a feel of the shear size. Then I entered
through the turn four tunnel and as I emerged I was awe struck. Here I was
in the middle of a track I had been watching racing on television for years.
It took a while for it to set in. I took in the twin 125ís and Sundayís 500.
I thought it was ironic that pot hole repair would interrupt a race
in Florida. I was quite sure they didnít have those problems down south, but
with the weather we have been having lately anything is possible.
It was an awesome feeling standing a few short yards away from the
cars as they came by glued to the banking. Larger than life! I will always
remember my first visit fondly.
We will head home on Monday morning and get back into some sort of
schedule. It will be nice when the racing season begins, I may get more time
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NED & MARTHA JARRETT - The former NNC champion and wife; proud
parents of TV's Glen and WNNC Dale, share their 53rd anniversary.
MARK & DALE THOMAS - The Publisher of Maine based "The Racin' Paper"
and wife share their 10th anniversary.
JOE & ARLEEN SUKUP - This Schodack Landing, NY retired Midget owner
and wife make it 43 years.
RYAN & LORA MARKHAM - This Wayne County Speedway based, Ashalnd, Ohio
Late Model driver and wife celebrate their 11th anniversary.
TRACY MARCIEL MANION - Wife of crew chief and 7NY modified Kevin
"Bono" Manion now living in NC.
DEVIN PEREZ - The grandson of LongislandMotorsports.com Publisher/
Editor and Raceway Media magazine columnist, Mike and wife Lori is 7.
SHELLEY GAHAN - Daughter of NH LM/NASCAR KNPSE driver Bobby and wife
JUDY KRAMER - Riverhead, NY Rusty Wallace fan.
JIMMY KITE - Effingham, IL born, now Stockbridge, GA IRL driver.
PHILLIP DOWNS - Retired Riverhead Modified team owner.
JEFF PURVIS - Clarksville, TN NNS/ARCA driver.
JOHN PAUL, JR. - Muncie, IN born, now West Palm Beach, CA IRL driver.
PAT DAVISON - Dover, ME LM/NASCAR KNPSE driver.
JOAN MICHEL - Mom of Wall Township Speedway top Modified driver Dave
and wife of former Wall Mod champion Tom.
SCOTT LAGASSE - St. Augustine, FL NASCAR Truck Series driver.
MIKE MATTHEWS - NJ asphalt Mod driver.
ARLEEN MILLER - Camp Hill, PA Susky fan; Ron's wife.
WAYNE JACKS - Las Vegas, NV NASCAR West driver.
VINCE SUDDARD - Wilmington, DE NASCAR KNPSE/LM driver.
RICHARD JORDAN - Of long-time Kelly Moore NASCAR KNPSE sponsor,
REBECCA RESNER - Daughter of Long Island LM team owner, Richie and
CHUCK BOWN - Oregon semi-retired NNS/NASCAR Truck driver.
PHIL COOK - Hickory,NC Speedway driver.
PEGGY KARBONIC - Wife of Newington, CT Modified driver Bob, forever
JONATHAN JORDAN - Of Kelly Moore NASCAR CWES sponsor Jordan Lumber.
FRANK CANNEY - Meriden, CT photographer.
AJ PAPALE - Son of CT based Mod/ProStock driver/crew cheif Tony and
wife Jodi is 14.
JASON KELLER - Greensville, SC NNS driver.
STEVE SEABURG - New Britain, CT retired Mod driver.
JIMMY STRUPP - Former Long Islander, now based in Charlotte, NC.
TRACY YOUNG - Canterbury, CT wife of former LM driver Ronnie.
TIMOTHY ZYLA - Son of Shamokin, PA Editor Greg is 20.
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