I have been spending some time recently thinking about the decisions we make
in life. Many times we think they only affect us, but in reality there
affects are more far reaching. We would do well to consider the
circumstances that are created from our decisions. We would do well to start
looking at the big picture and not just focusing on our little world.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We all have seen it; some have been the recipient of it, a decision
on the track that leads to several cars in a heap. A driver making a choice
without regard for who or what is around them. You know the tell tale sign,
“I though I could make it work.”
That is what happens when we are more concerned about ourselves and
have less or no concern for others. I understand that this is racing and
chances have to be taken. I have also heard the saying, “He ran out of
talent”. Just because chances need to be taken doesn’t mean anyone can take
There has to be some consideration and respect for the other people
on the track. If you are loose and you see a hole on the bottom entering the
turn, you might be tempted to take it. You might make it. The likelihood
though is that you will move up the track into the car on the outside. When
that happens there are many ways it could go, from eight wheels turning
better than four to a crash that end the championship hunt for the driver
you just put into the wall.
Let me end the discussion here, “I thought I could make it” doesn’t
cut it. We need to return to a day when we had more respect for those we run
with. The same is true in life. Many times we live our life making
decisions, choices, without a real understanding of how that will affect
those around us. We go through life without a care in the world and when
things happens, when the consequences of our decisions become all too real,
we don’t know where to turn.
Most people spend very little time thinking through some of the
most important decisions of their lives. We follow a strategy that we will
deal with it tomorrow, today I am going to live it up. I know it is true,
just remember your last hangover, did it stop you from drinking?
One thing is true about us as human beings; we will not change
until we cannot deal with the consequences of our decisions.
Don’t get me wrong I am not pointing fingers, I too belong to this
group, we all do. Paul writes in Romans,
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
We all know what is right, we
all want to make the right decisions but we are powerless to do that. Try as
we might we cannot overcome the power that is within us to be selfish, to
look out for number one, to do what we feel like doing with no regard for
others. And until the circumstances from those choices overwhelm us we will
not consider living any other way.
You may have heard of a few people who have had to hit “rock
bottom” before they considered living a different lifestyle. For many of us
that is our fate. The lucky few figure it out before it cost them
everything. There is hope. God knew the power of our sinful nature. God knew
how strong the temptation would be..
Romans 8:3-4, For what the
law (rules and regulations to control our choices) was powerless to do in
that it was
weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.
And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous
requirements of the law might be fully met in us,
who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1-2, Therefore, there is now no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through
Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin
I switched the verses around
a little to make it easier to follow. The basic point is this, try as we
might to overcome the desire within us to do what we want instead of what is
right, we cannot. We are powerless. That is why we are frustrated every time
we do something we told ourselves we wouldn’t. The power to overcome is not
Paul refers to the law, think of it this way, how many rules and
regulations have we put in place to control human behavior? Speed Limits,
stop signs, stripes on the road, alcohol blood levels, laws against
prostitution, the list goes on. Let me ask you, has it worked?
We both know the answer, the reason why, the power isn’t within us
to change; we need the power of God through Jesus Christ. That is the only
source of power that will change us. Many claim to have it, but only a few
really do receive the true power of salvation. You can see it in the way
they live their lives.
What enables us to turn our priority system upside down? God and
only God. Most times the order looks like this, Me, Myself, I, maybe someone
I care about, maybe others, then, if I get in a real tight spot, I might
call on God. That order of priorities will only lead us to death and
When we rearrange that order and realize that the only source of
real change is God we begin a new way of thinking. The old is gone the new
has come. That is only possible by accepting the sacrifice Jesus made for us
and allowing the Holy Spirit to live in us, guiding our thoughts and
Decisions, decisions, decisions, life is full of them. We can go
through life making the ones that fulfill our own desires and deal with the
consequences or we can choose to let the life changing power of God
transform our minds. Helping us learn how to live the abundant life He
promised us. The decision is ours.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MOTORSPORTS 2011 - Things are getting close and we are
excited about what we have in store. I am still waiting for some additional
drivers to get back to me with commitments but we have plans for an
autograph session at The RWJM booth on Saturday afternoon. So far we have
Justin Bonsignore, Heather DesRochers, Rowan Pennink, and Eddie MacDonald
scheduled. We hope to add a few more so watch this space for last minute
On Friday night Justin Bonsignore is planning on revealing his 2011
Whelen Modified Tour ride. A new paint scheme and sponsor are on board. Make
plans now to be the first to see it.
Sunday morning on the main stage Racing with Jesus Ministries will
conduct Chapel services, so come and be a part of something special. The
service is open to the public and accessible without entering the show.
AND THE EXCITEMENT CONTINUES TO BUILD - The “off-season”
kicks into high gear. Motorsports 2011 begins a series of events where you
can come out and meet us. The week following Motorsports 2011 has us in
three different places on both coasts. Dan and I will head to Irwindale
California for the Toyota All-Star Showdown, Ricky Maddox will head to
Atlantic City for the indoor races at Boardwalk Hall and Rev. Scott and Ray
will head to Frank Maratta’s Auto Show in Hartford to be part of their
From California I head to Providence to be at the Dunk for the
indoor Quarter Midget racing. Then it is off to Florida to take in some dirt
and asphalt short track racing. Oh yes I think there is that other big race
down there also.
Then we head back home to prepare for the upcoming season. Hope to
see you on the road. Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and
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