Have you ever noticed that you can be so focused on something that you miss
the gorilla in the room? My wife tells me all the time that I canít find
things that are right under my nose. I think we all suffer from proximity
blindness. How focused are we? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
Being successful at the track requires focus. The teams that are
focused on the task at hand come out on top. They are the ones that can put
everything aside and get down to the business at hand. How easily are we
distracted from our mission?
Sometimes it isnít about focus. We can be the most focused person
on earth, we just happen to be focused on the wrong thing. Think about it,
have you ever been so focused on something that you didnít even notice that
someone was talking to you? Guys this is what happens when you get so
involved in a sporting event on TV and your wife wants you to help decide
which pattern looks better. We can be so focused on something we forget what
is truly important.
As we continue studying our passage about the woman at the well we
see the disciples were focused on something but not the most important
thing. Do you remember how we started? ďHe had to go through Samaria.Ē Did
you ask yourself why? They had to go through Samaria to bring the good news
of the Gospel to the people there. The disciples were just focused on
getting through Samaria to Galilee.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish
his work. Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell
you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even
now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal
life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying
`One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not
worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits
of their labor."
You see the disciples were
focused on finding food to give them strength to continue the journey to
where they were going. Jesus however was already there. Jesus came to
Samaria to proclaim the Gospel. The disciples were so focused on where they
thought they were going that they forget what was really important, to touch
the lives of others on the way.
Have you ever been so focused on the destination that you forgot to
enjoy the trip? Donít go through life so focused on the destination that you
miss all the blessings God has for you along the way.
Jesus explained to the disciples that the fields were ready to
harvest, places that they havenít even been before. He explained that they
needed to open their eyes and see what God has prepared for them to harvest.
We need to look beyond our own world, our own focus and see what God sees.
We need to look beyond our focus, look beyond our destination and
see the people around us. We need to take a break, stop our journey and look
around. Change the lives of people we meet along the way. What are we
ďI said it before and Iíll say it again, life moves pretty fast, if
you donít stop and look around you might miss it.Ē Ferris Bueller
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
TIME TO RACE AGAIN - Postponed
from earlier this year the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation second annual
ďShane Race for FunĒ is on tap for Saturday, March 13 at On Track Karting in
Wallingford, CT. This is your chance to chance to race against all those
bench racers who think they know how itís done. To top it off all the
proceeds go to support safer racers and racing. You can even stage your own
race up to 15 races. Make your plans to be there.
ACE LANE JR. Ace has had some medical issues over the past
few weeks. I am told he is improving and on the road to recovery. Please
keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
NEMAíS LOSS GREAT - This week NEMA lost a man who could be
referred to as their heart and soul, 14 time champion car owner Gene
Angelillio passed away on Monday at the age of 74. Midget racing was a
passion of Genes along with his late wife Marilyn. Dumoís Dream and later
Marilynís Passion were the names that his team carried to honor his late
father and wife. Drew Fornoro and Gene formed one of the greatest
driver/owner combinations in midget racing. Russ Stoehr, Joey Payne, Johnny
Kay, Nokie Fornoro and Ted Christopher all had success and won as drivers of
Geneís midgets. Please join us as we lift up the family in our prayers.
TUNING UP, TO RUN THE RACE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO WIN, A
retreat led by Racing with Jesus Ministries for those who have a heart to
reach the racing community.
Tune Up you skills to run the race for Christ. Join us for a time
of getting to know each other, learning together, worshiping our Lord and
praying with each other. March 19-21, 6:00pm Friday thru 12:00n Sunday at
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 38 Front Street, West Springfield, MA. Conference
fee; $50.00, covers conference supplies and meals; lodging available $80.00
covers two nights, ppdo. Reserve your spot now.
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JOSEPH AND ALICE FERGUSON - The proprietor of Ferguson Painting and
Decorating and wife; fans from Howard, PA celebrate their 34th anniversary.
MARK & AUDREY MOCKOVAC - The Danbury, CT based Modified Racing Series
Media Coordiantor and wife/ Claremont Modified driver (Audrey Stevens) share
their 13th anniversary.
MIKE WALLACE - The driving middle brother of the famous racing
Wallace's with Kenny and Rusty.
DEAN CHRYSTAL - Milford, ME NASCAR KNPSE driver/ Graphics specialist.
ALFRED HILL - NC Modified driver.
MATT EMHOFF - York, Maine. He is a member of Ken and Art Barry's crew
on the 21 Spearpoint Racing team.
RAQUEL RIOLO - Daughter of Stafford LM driver Joe and wife Brenda is
JOE GOSEK - NY based ISMA SuperModified driver.
HAL GOODSON - Darlington, SC All Pro driver.
BRIAN CRUNDEN - Connecticut ProStock driver.
DAVE BURNHAM - CT based LM driver.
VALARIE LeSIEUR - Daughter of former Speedway Scene Publisher, Val.
DAN BURY - Upstate NY photographer.
JOHN LANE - A son of NJ photographer Ace.
CAROL PARES - Wife of "Area Auto Racing News" NASCAR Mod Series
photographer Mike of Wayne, NJ.
BOB HABERSTICK - Wall Township Speedway driver.
TODD MASSEY - Haw River, NC LMSC driver.
GREG COVERDALE - Milford, DE URC Sprint driver.
JEFF SPRAKER - Latham, NY NASCAR/ARCA Owner.
LYN ST. JAMES - Willoughby, OH born, now Daytona Beach, FL IRL
SCOTT BONNEY - Lee Speedway (NH) LM driver.
RANDY KANE - Selinsgrove and Clinton County Pit Steward.
JASON KOHLER - Fleetwood, PA MicroSprint driver.
CRYSTAL SANSEVERINO - A daughter of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed
and wife Linda.
JACK BATEMEN - NH True Value Modified Promotor/driver/team owner.
PAT PUNCH - In Newton, NC, the wife of Brewco NNS Team manager,
Dennis, who is the brother of TV's Dr. Jerry.
ERIN & KARRI LARSEN - The twin daughters of NASCAR Mod Tour official
Joe are 18.
DEVIN HILTS - Brushton,NY go-kart driver.
PAT D'ANTONIO - Tuscon,AZ NASCAR West driver.
ROBBY PAGE - A new quarter midget driver turnes 9.
ED FERREE - Pennsylvania Motor Speedway multi-time dirt big block LM
champion, proprietor of Frankland Racing Supply racing rears and Clincher
JERRY CRANMER - Semi-retired NJ asphalt Modified and ARCA driver.
SHERRY BLAKELY - San Antonio, TX driver.
DAN MESERVEY - Chatham, MA Mini Modified driver, dad of Mod/NASCAR
KNPSE drivers Dan, Jr. and Doug.
BOB CASAGRANDE - Riverhead Raceway Blunderbust driver.
KATRINA SPENCER - Daughter of former NSC driver Jim and wife Pat.
BRANDON LEHMAN - A grown-up son of AARN columnist "Doc" from
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