They say beauty is only skin deep. What you see on the outside is not always
what you get. I have seen some good-looking racecars that don’t have what it
takes to be competitive on the track. How do we know what’s in there. There
is an easy way to find out if what you see is what you get. Greetings in the
name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Tech inspection exists for the purpose of making sure the seen and
unseen components conform to the rules. The necessity of having to check
gives us an indication of our human nature, we tend to try and manipulate
things so that we have an advantage. Is it cheating if no one catches you? I
can think of many sayings we have, in and out of racing, which help us
rationalize bending the rules.
“We get paid to cheat and they get paid to catch us”
“What they don’t know won’t hurt them.”
“No one will ever know”
“Everyone’s doing it.”
Many times we rationalize doing something based on the risk of
being caught. Is the reward worth it? If you receive an honor as a result of
doing something illegal, immoral or deceitful; is it worth it? Some would
say yes, win at all cost. Some would say yes, as long as no one was hurt.
God’s word says, no.
Think about how we tend to see things. We bend the rules in our
favor. We try to have everything work out to our benefit. We spend time
trying to figure out how we can get the upper hand and not get caught. We
tend to be self-centered and do everything in our power to achieve the best
outcome for us. We spend very little time thinking about others.
I have been known to golf a little bit. Golf is a very interesting
sport. There are no officials out there checking to see if you are following
the rules. You and you alone are responsible for enforcing the rules on
yourself. Call your own penalties. That’s when it gets interesting. How many
of us are ready to turn ourselves in for something that violates the rules?
They say someone’s true character shows when you watch them play golf, will
they cheat themselves or will they hold up the integrity of the rules. What
does it matter it’s only a game right?
In Luke’s gospel he tells us that the blessings we receive from God
are contingent on how we handle the things of this world. Do we handle them
with the moral character that will honor God? Do we view these resources as
someone else’s not to be squandered?
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and
whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So
if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust
you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone
else's property, who will give you property of your own? "No servant can
serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he
will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God
God doesn’t need tech inspection. He
knows all that we do, seen and unseen. He knows the secrets that hide in
each one of our closets. We cannot hide them from Him. God honors those that
honor Him. It comes down to a choice. Who will we serve; God or money?
We love to sit on the fence. We want the best of both worlds. We
look at things and decide which side of the fence we will live on today. We
choose which side of the fence we want to jump down on and live accordingly.
Our decision making process is guided by what we would like to do most. The
three people we like to please are, me, myself and I.
God says there are no fence sitters. You either are going to please
Him or not. We need to change the way we see things. We need to jump off the
fence onto the side that honors and pleases God without concern for
ourselves. Then we will know the blessing of God’s presence in our lives.
So what’s inside your life? I would like to encourage you to live
with integrity in all your ways, whether someone’s looking or not. We should
not need to explain our motives; they should be plain to see. Don’t live our
lives always looking over our shoulder wondering if anyone is watching. It
is difficult to move forward if we are always looking around. In all we do
we should not be ashamed if it is exposed for all to see. Only when we live
like this do we experience the presence of God in our lives..
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO - Many times I have decisions to
make concerning what races to attend. Truth be told, I could probably find
some place to be every night of the week. This past weekend had many
tremendous opportunities, let me just list some for you; Super Dirt Week,
King of the Mountain, Oaklawn Quarter Midgets, Waterford Speed Bowl, Seekonk
DAV, Rolling Wheels WOO and I am sure I missed a few.
I am thankful for a group of dedicated ministers that fan out each
week to cover in prayer those who race. God has His hand on us and will help
us be where we need to be.
I would like to recognize the folks out there ministering in His
name, Rev. Dan headed to Syracuse to help out Ed Hawkins and the Finish Line
ministry guys, Rev. Scott spent the weekend with the MRS and NEMA at
Seekonk. Tony Lofton led chapel Sunday morning down at Oaklane, Bob
Menschner headed up to Sundance for the King of the Mountain, and I, well
lets just say I tried to cover and support as many bases as I could.
I headed to Syracuse on Friday, to Seekonk on Saturday. Sunday I
tended to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, the one I pastor and helped out at
Hamden House on Sunday night.
I am excited about the reach that this ministry has developed at
the leading of God. He has helped us cover several bases at one time. Thank
you also for all the support and encouragement we receive from all of you to
continue to be on the road.
PACING THE FIELD - The RWJM Pace Car will be in action at this
years Turkey Derby. Grandpa Blewett asked if we would come down to lend our
support and our pace car to the event. We would be honored and are looking
forward to spending a few days on the Jersey Shore.
WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPION TO BE CROWNED - We will
close out our NASCAR Touring Series action with a visit to Thompson Speedway
this weekend for the World Series of Speedway Racing. As always we look
forward to some exciting action at the 5/8 mile track. Bobby Santos and Mike
Stefanik will duke it out to see who will come home with the coveted crown.
We look forward to seeing you there.
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - Hole Shot Drags
at Thompson Motor Speedway. Hundred foot drag will put on the show they have
been perfecting at Waterford on Friday nights. Anyone can come and race for
$30.00. If you just want to watch it will cast you $10.00. I talked with the
organizer and he is excited about bringing this event to the area. All the
timing and scoring equipment fits in the trunk! The event is scheduled for
Sunday, October 24 with test and tune at noon. Check out their website,
It was a great weekend traveling around and being with race fans
and racers this past weekend and I am looking forward to being out there
again next week. Have a great week..
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
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toward you and give you peace."
May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
RICH & LORRAINE SYLVESTER- The retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care,
formerly known as the northern world center of speed, in Canterbury, CT and
lovely wife celebrate 48 wonderful years together. Just ask Rich.
RON & CAROL MENTUS- This AARN racing writer and great Christian witness and
wife share their 48th anniversary.
BILL & JUDY ROBINSON- These Wall Township Speedway fans from Whiting, NJ,
and she the daughter of Doris Bradley, share their 25th anniversary.
RANDY & LISA LaJOIE- The Norwalk, CT born NNS/CWTS driver and two-time
champion and wife share their 18th anniversary.
JERRY & KAREN MARQUIS- This Enfield, CT popular Former NASCAR KNPSE/WMT
driver and wife have their anniversary.
FRANK & LORI CANNEY- This AARN photographer and wife from Meriden, CT have
their 32nd anniversary.
RALPH & LINDA AUSTIN- This Sanford, ME couple, she the Barney McRae scorer,
he a Barney McRae crewman, share their 39th anniversary.
RUSTY & TERRY WATKINS- This NASCAR KNPSE team crewman and wife have their
JIMMY & SUSAN STRUPP- The Long Islander, now turned Charlotte, North
Carolinian and wife have their 21st.
RUSTY & ANNE BALL- This Keene, NH Claremont Speedway/MRS Modified driver and
wife have their 32nd anniversary.
***HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAYS***
RONNIE F. WILLIAMS-JR Outlaw driver at Stafford Motor Speedway.
CAITLIN BROWN- A daughter of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and wife
JASON JARRETT- Hickory, NC NNS/ARCA driving grandson of Ned and son of NSC's
JOE VENEZIAN- Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs (NJ) and Statewide Trailers.
JERRY GLANVILLE- Roswell, GA occasional ARCA/NNS driver, former NFL coach
and TV commentator.
PATRICK MANNING- Sheldonville, MA Carl Pasteryak Modified fan.
EARL PELLETIER – Driver of the #27 SK Light at Stafford Motor Speedway.
MATTHEW PELLETIER – Oldest son of #27 SK Light Stafford Motor Speedway
driver Earl turns 13.
KRISTIN MARQUIS- Another one of Enfield, CT Karen and NASCAR KNPSE/ WMT
driver Jerry's kids and she celebrates on their anniversary.
CHRISTINA GRODSKI - Daughter of TheChromeHorn.com's webmaster Richie
SEAN WOODSIDE- Saugus, CA NASCAR West Series driver.
DON PRINGLE- Ontario, NY Street Stock driver at Spencer Speedway.
WOODY FEBRIELLO- Retired asphalt Modified team owner.
TOODI ROSATI- The former Toodi Gelinas, famous weekly racing columnist, wife
of retired Modified driver John Rosati in Agawam, MA.
KEVIN PELLETIER- Owner of the #27 SK Light at Stafford Motor Speedway.
MARK BRIDGES- Durham, ME former Joe Bessey crewman.
KEN SPRING- The "Area Auto Racing News" and Racing with Jesus Ministries
KNPSE photographer from Braintree, MA.
RIT DULAC- Plantsville, CT NASCAR retired Modified and KNPSE driver.
SHAUN ROBERTS – Crew member for the #27 SK Light at Stafford Motor Speedway.
RICK FULLER- Auburn, MA NASCAR WMT/Super Late Model driver.
DANA PATTEN- Enfield, NH former NASCAR KNPSE/NNS U.S. Chrome driver.
GARY ST. AMANT- Columbus, OH late model driver.
YOLANDA SHERIDEN- Retired Riverhead Raceway lady driver.
LISA WOOD- Wife of Pelham, NH SuperModified driver Russ.
MICHELLE SAVERY- Daughter of Seekonk driver Dana and wife Laurie.
RUSS DOWD- Thompson Speedway General Manager, golden throated announcer and
friend of this ministry.
HOLLY PRINGLE- Ontario, NY 2002 Stock Microd champion at Sodus Microd Club.
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