Life is full of challenges. Sometimes we lose sight of what is truly
important. This off-season I have been helping my Uncle Al put things in his
life in order. He has a terminal illness and his time is short. When we are
faced with challenges God promises us that He will deliver us through them.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving, a holiday we celebrate in the fall, is a wonderful
time of year; a time when we come together and acknowledge the blessings
that God has provided. We give thanks for our friends and family. We take
time to realize just how much we have. Why is it we wait until that
appointed time to give thanks?
I was listening to Trevor Bayne as he traveled around the country
this week, taking a victory lap, celebrating his historic victory in The
Great American Race. You could hear it in his voice; you could see it in the
way he handled himself, he was truly thankful for the opportunity, no matter
what the outcome, to drive in this years Daytona 500. Winning was just icing
on the cake.
The racing community embraced him; he was a breath of fresh air.
You could feel the emotions he expressed, the genuine appreciation for the
opportunity he had been given. He was not some cookie cutter figure groomed
to look right and say the right things, He was an excited kid who had just
won the biggest prize at the carnival. Life doesnít get any better than
Life can also deal us cards that are not so wonderful. The reality
of life is that it ends. I know that all too well. It is one of the most
difficult things we deal with and also one of the things that we fear the
most. With each life comes the challenge of dealing with its end.
In between the highs and lows we find everyday, we find the chance
to determine how we will look at things. How will we respond to the events
of the day? How will we show others the thanksgiving we have in our hearts?
Psalm 100 is a passage of Scripture that encourages us to be
thankful everyday for who God is, what he has provided and what he has
Psalm 100; A
psalm. For giving thanks.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm reminds us of a few things we need to focus on. Each day we should be
thankful, joyful, singing songs of joy because of who God is and what He has
done for us.
I know it isnít easy to be in a joyful mood everyday. Sometimes we
just donít feel like it. Sometimes the challenges of life just seem to
overwhelm us and we feel the burden of life, squarely placed on our
shoulders. I am here to tell you that even in those moments there is reason
to give thanks.
As I shared earlier, my uncle is facing the last days of his life
here on earth. But I have reason to be thankful. A few weeks ago, while we
shared a pizza at lunch, we talked about eternity and what it holds for us.
I shared with him Godís plan for us to spend eternity in heaven with him. I
explained that God provided a gift for us and we need only accept it with
all our heart.
I am thankful that my uncle received that gift. You see Al is just
not my uncle, he is like a father to me. When I was fifteen, my dad passed
away and I really didnít see eye to eye with my mom, but that is a story for
another day. So at fifteen I left home and my Uncle took me in. He provided
a home for me and made sure I had the necessary things to get through life.
I was thankful to have the opportunity to share with him the
necessary things he needed to have eternal life in heaven with God. His
destination is secure, he will be there waiting for me when my life here
comes to an end. We will be together.
I want to encourage you to look at each day and give thanks to God.
Learn to appreciate what we have been given. Learn to understand that
regardless of what we are going through there are others that need the grace
and peace that comes from knowing God. Learn to set aside our own wants and
desires and reach out to those who are lost and dying.
I promise this, we will look at life with a brand new perspective.
We will start to see the joy we can give others. We will change the way we
understand the situations we are faced with. We will be thankful for every
moment of everyday.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
THE RACERíS EXPO - I spent the weekend up in Marlboro,
MA at Bobby Seymourís show. It was a great success. As I mentioned before
the show is small enough to meet and talk with folks, but big enough to find
the things that you need to go racing.
I was excited to hear the plans of those returning to compete, new
drivers starting out for the first time and drivers that you helped out last
year coming back to thank you for making their first season a success. I am
thankful for new opportunities to contribute to the racing community.
While there I was able to continue the discussion of my debut in a
NEMA Lite. We havenít nailed down which race yet but watch for an
announcement coming soon. You will have a chance to watch The Rev get out
there and run with some of you. I am excited about that opportunity. Thanks
to Paul Scally and Randy Cabral for allowing me to have it.
The next few weeks we will have a little down time leading up to
the kickoff of another season. Remember we are here for you, donít hesitate
to call or write. We are looking forward to seeing you at the track real
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