Have you ever wanted to have the final word? Have you ever wanted to be the
one who makes the decision after hearing all that others have to say? I am
sure at times it would be a welcome task and at other times it would be a
difficult task. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Who has the final word when you are trying to figure out how to set
up a race car? I think the man who turns the wrench ultimately decides. The
driver has input, the crew chief has the decision to make, but ultimately
the guy that sets the tire pressure, the guy that adjusts the chassis or
shock has the final say. He actually does it.
I have had times when I had the last word, it comes with any
leadership position, when all is said and done the leader has the final
word. The leader has to decide what was said that was significant. They have
to set a direction. Having the final word is one thing, but what happens if
no one follows your instructions?
Do we need to realize the significance of final words? In court
there is a thing called a death bed confession that is taken as absolute
truth. Why? The person has nothing to lose, they are dying. No need to hide
things or keep secrets. It is a good time to clear all the burdens you have
been carrying your whole life.
Most times we donít know what our last words will be; we donít know
the last time we will talk with someone. I have helped people through it
many times, when someone is getting close to death. There is a mental
checklist they go through and when they complete the list it is time to go
When my Grandmother was close I asked about her last comments. My
Uncle shared them with me. I noticed that everything was in place and
instructed my uncle to say goodbye to her for the last time, her list was
complete. He wasnít sure how I knew but he took my direction, he hugged her,
said he loved her and said goodbye. That night she went home.
Last words are significant, especially when you know they are your
last words. Christ hung on the cross and knew the time had come to finish
what he came to earth for. He shared with us seven things from the cross.
Knowing that these were the last things he would say we need to explore them
and see what he was teaching us.
Over the next few weeks I would like to talk about Christís final
words from the cross. If you knew, like Christ knew, these were the final
seven things you would say, what would you say? What would you share?
Our true nature is revealed when we are at the end of our life and
we speak our final words. The things we say let people know what is in our
heart, what we truly think and how we feel about certain things. When we
speak our last words we only talk about what is important to us, no time for
I cannot paint the entire scene for you here, it would take up too
much space. There are a couple of things you can do to help yourself
understand the condition and position Christ was in when he spoke these
words. First, if you have the opportunity watch the movie ďThe passion of
the ChristĒ that Mel Gibson produced. It is graphic, but it is accurate. It
will help you understand how far Christ was willing to go to save us from
Second, read the Gospel accounts of the events leading up to the
crucifixion; Matthew 26-27,
Luke 2-23, John 18-19.
They will give you several accounts of how the events leading up to the
crucifixion are recorded for us in Scripture. They will help you know Christ
and his walk to Golgotha, the place of the scull.
These will set the scene for the final words of Christ. Significant
in that they reveal the heart of the one who came to save us, the one who
came to give his life for us, the one who came to show us how to serve God,
the one who came.
As we reflect on His final words think about how we speak to
others. Think about the words we say. Think about the fact that the words we
say may be the last words that we say to someone. Take the time and let
people know how much you care for them.
Luke 23:32-34; Two other
men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him,
along with the criminals--one on his right,
the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not
know what they are doing."
And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
LETíS PLAY TWO - On the same
weekend that the baseball season started, and how bout those late inning
heroics, SOBO took a page from the baseball playbook and scheduled two
marquee races. The K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Southern Modified Tour
were both in the house to strut their stuff.
Because of the challenge of getting both of these races to the
start line in mid afternoon the day had to start early, can you say 5:30am.
I am pretty sure this is the first time many of the teenagers that run on
the K&N Series had seen this early of a start time. I must admit though they
were awake and paying attention at the 7:20 driverís meeting. The race
showed that they had listened and changed their ways from the opening event
at Greenville a week earlier.
We had Chapel service right after the driverís meeting. As the sun
rose over turn four we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, a
sunrise service of sorts. I do need to comment about having these races on
Easter weekend. You know when you schedule a race the races are going to
come and the support staff will be there also, but at what cost. I think
there still should be some days and weekends that are special and should be
set aside for things other than racing.
The early start allowed for an early finish. That gave us the time
we needed to get home and spend Easter with friends and family, a little
tired, but home. I hope that everyone involved with the event was able to
get home and be with their friends and family to enjoy such and important
The weather was glorious and the racing was fantastic. When all was
said and done two first timers headed to victory lane, Max Gresham on the
K&N side and James Civali on the Whelen Southern Modified side.
Max, a rookie, won the pole and the race but not without some side
by side challenges. Cole Whitt wasnít able to get by, but he took home
second place and the point lead. We talked with Cole about how he has been
able to make the transition to the bigger heavier car; so far so good. He
was intrigued by the modified though, once an open wheeler, always an open
wheeler. I wouldnít be surprised to see him try one out, maybe at one of the
companion races in Martinsville or New Hampshire.
James won his first Whelen Southern Modified race. I talked with
him about running both North and South and he was excited about it. He is
having a great start to the season that started down in Florida. This could
be the year he finally breaks through.
All in all it was a good trip, quick but good. We had our favorite
side kick along and we gave him a new nickname, K&M. Youíll have to ask
Kenny what that means; he told me I couldnít say anything.
ICEBREAKER ON TAP - This week we head to Thompson for the
opener of the Whelen Modified Tour. Hopefully the weather will take its lead
from this past weekend and we can look forward to some comfortable
conditions. I talked with Burt Meyers and he is on his way north with TCís
directions in hand. I guess that is all the help TC would give him. Burt
shared those directions with me and TC had him going a little in out of his
way. Burt wasnít taking TCís words as gospel though, he already had
solicited other directions to Thompson. He is excited about running Thompson
and finally getting to one of the tracks he has heard so much about. I am
sure it will make for a good show, maybe even TV.
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