I took the opportunity this week to let one of our Chaplains share with you.
Rev. Ray Pavkov supports our traveling chaplains when there is a hole to
fill. He is an invaluable asset to what we do. Join me as we let Ray shares
some of his thoughts, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
CRASH! What?! Yup, just that quick, the unthinkable happened. What
caused it? Was I at fault? Now what? Maybe you know what I am saying. Maybe
you have been there too.
Let me explain - I was in a hurry, trying to do my very best to
follow instructions; not thinking I would be responsible for a wreck… well
here’s what happened.
Rushing down the pasta isle to pick up some things for supper, I
realized I had forgotten to get the pasta sauce. So, I quickly swung my
carriage around to the left, only to meet another shopper head on. Smash.
Things went flying; including words like, “watch where you are going next
time”. I tried my best to explain that I was in a hurry and was very sorry,
but he continued to proclaim to anyone within hearing, just how dumb I was
for not noticing that he was there too. I said I was sorry to the guy and
You have been there also; you go to the track with a plan. You work
hard to setup the car, get it just right. You start the race with the
anticipation of a great finish. Then it happens, crash. You were so focused
on the goal you lost your sense of what was around you. You had a plan and
were just trying to win the race. But now you sit there in a heap, lap 1,
turn three, and you took a few of your competitors with you. How do you
think they are going to see it?
That got me to thinking about the times in our spiritual life when
we inadvertently cause a personal crash. Perhaps we are quick with a cutting
reply of words; or, quick with our sharp actions and we wreck someone else.
At the track I’ve also seen wrecks which were perhaps not so accidental when
someone gets put into the wall. Usually, the first response is to get back
or to get even. Sometimes it’s physical, but more often it’s just verbal.
God’s Word tells us:
Proverbs 15:1, 18,
29 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
“A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Reading further, the Bible continues:
“A hothead stirs up a
fight, but one who holds his temper calms disputes.
can we change our temper or make amends? What should we do? Again, God’s
word tells us:
“The Lord is far from wicked
people, but he hears the prayers of righteous people.”
quick to ask the Lord for patience & wisdom; and as much as possible, make
it right with the other person. The other person may not want to hear from
you, but you must make an effort to apologize and then, move on. Sometimes
that isn’t easy, but God tells us:
Proverbs 16:7 (The Message) “When God approves of your life, even
your enemies will end up shaking your hand.”
approves of our making amends; saying we’re sorry. When we don’t, that only
serves to make matters worse. We can lose our character and credibility with
others who interact with us. If you have wrecked someone, or someone has
wrecked you, apologize and quickly move on- with no retaliation, but rather
with understanding. Ask God to help you through it, He will; I know.
God Bless you. Rev. Ray.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MOTORSPORTS 2011 ANOTHER GREAT SHOW - Our thanks go out
to the entire crew of AARN for again putting together another great racing
show. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet some fans, catch up with
different teams, talk about plans for the coming season, and just to be out
Saturday was an exciting day for the RWJM team, we held an
autograph session that had the fans lined up. There were a few last minute
changes in the lineup due to weather related issues, but we had a little
something for everyone. Our thanks go out to the drivers that participated;
Keith Rocco, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion, Justin
Bonsignore, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year, Eddie MacDonald,
NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Camping World Truck Series driver, Rowan Pennink,
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series driver and
Max Zachem, Valenti Modified Series driver.
QUOTE OF THE SHOW - Longtime Modified driver Jamie Tomaino
was at the show signing autographs but not in his traditional place at the
Racing with Jesus Ministries booth, he was with a group of veterans
remembering the races run at Flemington Speedway. His wife Cheryl stopped by
during the autograph session and commented when she saw the host of young
drivers we had.
“This is the HIP crowd; we’re out back with the broken hip crowd.”
WALKING AGAIN - The passage of scripture we used in Chapel
Service on Sunday morning reminded me of something I saw on Saturday
afternoon. Let me share a little; Peter and John approached the gate
Beautiful at the Temple in Jerusalem and saw a lame man there asking for
help. Peter stated; “money I do not have but I give you what I do have, in
the name of Jesus, get up and walk.” And the man climbed to his feet and
began to walk, he followed Peter and John into the Temple signing, dancing,
rejoicing and praising God about his renewed ability to walk.
On Saturday Michael Pares walked into the booth, no cane, no
walker, no help, just his own two, healed legs. Praise God! It wasn’t an
easy road, but Michael made it with a little help from his friends. Michael
sent this note along.
I want to thank everyone for your prayers, cards and support
financially and physically during my recovery from 2 broken legs. You all
helped me tremendously! It's been a long 7 month recovery but I am walking.
I'm looking forward to going back to the races with my camera and seeing all
of you again.
Michael Pares Sr.
PRAYER NEEDS - Continue To keep Billy and the entire Brice
family in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to come to grips with
the sudden lose of Janice. I spoke with Billy at the show and he his holding
up for now, but he will need us to stand by him in the weeks and months to
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ROBERT & DONNA DILLNER- On Long Island, the parents of TV's Bobby and Matt
have their day.
JAMIE & CHERYL TOMAINO- The Howell, NJ WMT driver/ RWJM Tour Rep. and his
best friend wife share their 32nd anniversary.
GREG & VICKIE SACKS- The Long Island native NSC driver and wife have their
TONY & SANDY URBINA- This Riverhead LM driver and wife have their 20th
JOE TIEZZI- Ivoryton, CT retired Mod driver.
CAROL PRATT- Bob's wife/ sister-in-Law of the late AARN Advertising Manager
Joe Pratt and aunt to drivers Ed, Richie and Richie, Jr.
MICHELLE McMECHEN- The wife of Steve and daughter Henry St. John at Jewett
MICHAEL PARES, JR- Raceway Park Champion and the son of "Area Auto Racing
News" NASCAR Mod Series photographer Mike and wife Carol.
JONNY KERSLAKE- son of the late Danbury racer John and a racer in his own
ROB BOUCHARD- Massachusetts ProStock driver.
RIT PATCHEN- Retired Danbury, CT Modified driver.
LEWIS COMPTON- Martinsville Speedway Retired Chief Announcer.
BILL YODER- Glenside, PA fan and EMPA Secretary.
BRIAN T. CUMMINS- New Jersey fan.
CHRIS McMURRAY- Schenectady, NY Eddie Marshall Lebanon Valley friend and
DAVID GREEN- Archdale, NC NSC/NNS driver.
JON CLEMENS- Pennsy Hoosier Tire dealer.
JUSTIN BOSS- Son of CT Strictly Stock/ LM driver Glen.
KEVIN CLASS- Quarter midget drivers from Jersey turns 12.
MIKE HOFFMAN- Mike has raced quarter midgets and USAC midgets for over 10
yrs. He now works full time as a fabricator for Tommy Baldwin Racing on
their NASCAR Sprint Cup team.
SUE SANTERRE- Wife of four-time KNPSE Champion Andy and his favorite PR
TOMMY HOUSTON- Hickory, NC retired NNS driver.
RICK KARPEUK- PA asphalt Mod driver.
JEFF DAVIS- Anaheim Hills, CA NASCAR West driver.
PATRICK REYNOLDS- New Milford, CR ProCup driver.
LUKE DAMIANI- One of Andy's sons of Woxall, PA and 1/4 Midget driver.
SCOTT BACHAND- Williston, VT NASCAR NCWS team owner/driver.
TOM HOWARD- Waterford Speedbowl faithful.
RICKY TODD- Captain Video of Riverhead Raceway.
NICK CAPPAZOLA- Crew Chief for the Riverhead Rusty Turbush LM team.
WALT STUBBS- Blairstwon, NJ Modified AARN columnist.
LAURIE O'DONNELL- Orrinton, ME Dave Dion fan.
LLOYD GILLIE- East Holden, ME LM driver.
RICK GIANNINO- LI based LM driver.
BOB McKEE- New Jersey based NASCAR KNPSE Crew Chief.
BUTCH KALBA- Riverhead Rusty Turbush LM crewman.
GERRY FILLIMON- Old Bridge, NJ noted photographer who along with brother
John, make up the famous "Fillimon Brothers Racing Films and Videos."
MIKE DILLON- Welcome, NC NNS driver, Cup Team member husband of Richard
Childress' daughter Tina.
KELLY MOORE- Scarborough, ME part-time NNS/KNPSE/PASS driver.
JON GAMBUTI- Montville, NJ 1998 ATQMRA 3/4 Midget champion and ISMA
ROBBIE GROFF- Northridge, CA IRL driver.
RICK WILSON- Bartow, FL NSC/NNS driver.
GARY HERRIN- Spokane, WA LM driver.
GEORGE TALLAS- Las Vegas, NV LM driver.
DAN AVERY- Somersville, CT NASCAR WMT/SMS SK driver.
JANICE WOLF- Riverhead Mod driver Scott's mom..
***IN THE SHOP***
JACK HEPTING - NASCAR Official with the K&N Pro Series
East recently underwent back surgery. He is now in an 8 week recovery
process with the hope to be at the first race in Greenville. Please keep him
in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers. Notes of encouragement can be
sent to Jack at; 8361 Timber Crest Dr. Apt.102, Raleigh, NC 27617.
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