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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   11/02/2012


THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU
by Rev. Don Rivers

   Have you ever noticed how much time we spend trying to figure out what will happen tomorrow? As we prepare for the storm of the century we wonder what it will bring our way. We plan, we prepare but in the end we do not know what tomorrow brings. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   We spend many hours of our life preoccupied by the things that have yet to come. Thoughts fill our mind, we dwell on them, we think them through and we make our plans. The fact remains tomorrow and the things that come our way are not in our control, that belongs to God.

   Race day is filled with things to do. The schedule is posted in everyoneís trailer. We all live by it. We all plan our activity around driverís meeting, tech line opening, on line for qualifying, on line for the race. On race day these are some of the important things we have to keep track of. For some, chapel also falls into that category. Of course, I think it should have a higher priority but I understand.

   We have a similar schedule in life, our agenda. The problem is sometimes our agenda doesnít fit with what is truly important. Our priorities are not in line with Godís priorities. Our lives would be so much fuller and satisfying if we surrender our agenda and let God guide and direct us. We need to follow the Holy Spirit that resides in our heart.

   I received an email the other day, went something like this, Good Morning, This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help. So relax and have a great day.

   Wouldnít it be great if we could just do that? There is so much freedom in sitting back and letting God have control. This verse from Jeremiah is an important verse to commit to memory.

Jeremiah 29:11-13, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

   Godís plan for our lives requires only that we surrender to him and let him lead. He has good things for us, things to give us hope and a future, things to prosper us. I encourage you to relax and enjoy the ride.

   In life things come and go so fast. The season ends just as we are getting a handle on it. Life too, is short. We are here for only a short time. No one knows the day or hour when we will be called before God. We must not waste time being anxious about things that really donít matter. We need to adjust our priorities.

   Recently we remembered the life of John Blewett III. We celebrated the life of a racer who touched many of our lives. John Blewett III was a racer but he also loved life and other people. He possessed the character of a true friend, he put others first.

   As we remember John, remember how he touched our lives. Even if we only had a moment with him, he left a lasting impression. John loved, he laughed, he cared, he helped, he led, he supported, he shared, he was gracious and merciful. He demonstrated for us what it means to put others ahead of your agenda. He will be remembered each day we reach out and do the same for someone else.

   Loving and caring for others is the right agenda. Putting otherís needs ahead of ours is the right way to live. Listen to how God cares for us.

John 3:16-17, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

   And Paul writes about how unconditional love responds in our daily life;

1Corinthians 13:4-8a: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

   God cares for us and loves us. God has plans for our life. Plans to prosper us, give us hope and a future. We also need to demonstrate that love to others. A relationship with God will enable us to do that. We need to follow through and give God control. We need to relinquish our agenda and enjoy the ride.
 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

    QUICK TURN AROUND - The quick turn around to Greenville for the K&N race took on a new meaning with a storm bearing down on the Northeast. The race was back up through Virginia to stay ahead of things and get back to our families and care for them.

   The end of the race was a quick turn around also, the top three coming to the checker. Out of turn four, one went one way, the other went another and the third tried to shoot the gap. It ended in a cloud of smoke that saw the entire field caught up on the front stretch. Some of the drivers took some pretty good licks but in the end everyone was okay.

   I am not sure how they sorted out who won, you couldnít see the finish line through the smoke, but someone had to. The win was awarded to Corey LaJoie giving him the points lead heading into Rockingham next week.

   Rockingham will decide the title for the K&N East and the points race is tight, 6 points separate first and second and then another 10 back to third. Stay tuned as this one will go down to the wire.

   WORLD DIRT FINALS - We head back down south this week. I will be in Charlotte for the end of the season three night event for the World Racing Group that includes the Sprint cars, Dirt Late Models and Big Block Modifieds.

   Dan will be in Rockingham for the K&N guys. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel.

   Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at http://www.rwjm.com/store. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Remember that God loves you, we love you and

Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
 

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

November 1
BRAD & DIANE BENNETT- This Reyben Racing NASCAR CWTS and ASA driver from Stamford, CT and wife share their 14th anniversary.
TOM & SALLY CAVALLERO- These Wall Township Speedway fans from Farmingdale, NJ have their 16th.
ALAN & KATE CLAFFIE- This mazda driving, pug loving, photographing couple share their 9th year together.

November 3
DINO & CHRIS LAWRENCE- The former Artworks proprietor in Danbury, CT, now heading up his Carolina Signworks in Rockingham, NC along with his lovely wife Chris, are friends of RWJM. They share their 21st anniversary.
BOB & LISA KLUKAS- Whelen mod tour crewman and wife celebrate 22 years

November 6
RICK & DONNA SCHAFFER- The Woxall, PA Grandview Speedway based all-time winningest Mod driver and wife celebrate their 21st anniversary.
 

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

October 31
KIP CHILDRESS- K&N Pro Series East Race Director and friend of RWJM turns another lap.
LENNY SAMMONS- Character counts with people like this. He is the Publisher/Editor of Area Auto Racing News.
BUDDY LAZIER- Vail, CO IRL driver.
GARY LILECK- "Area Auto Racing News" race results reporter/writer.
RACHEL & HEATHER MARTIN- The grown-up daughters of Batesville, AK NSCS driver Mark and wife Arlene.

November 1
RICHARD BALSER- The grown-up son of Mass. photographer/PR Rep. Dave.

November 2
JULIE POST- The light that makes her husband shine, he says. She is the wife of Steve Post the Track Announcer for Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.
LARRY PEARSON- Spartansburg, SC NNS retired driver.
STAN GREGER- Retired Modified driver famous at the now closed Riverside Park Speedway.
BILL KUZMA- Wall Township Speedway driver.
JOHN TAGG- Dad of Tom Tagg, Grandad to Troy Talman, SK light driver & Brian Tagg, T.I.S. mod driver

November 3
GREG SACKS- Mattituck, LI,NY NASCAR driver.
DERRIKE COPE- Spanaway, WA NASCAR driver.
WAYNE OKULA- Charger Driver for #67 - Riverhead Raceway.

November 4
JAMES BROWN- Barrington, VT NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BRIAN ROSS- Retired Ballston Spa, NY Modified/NASCAR KNPSE driver.
DON DAVIES- New York "Area Auto Racing News" dirt columnist.
JERRY VENNE- Bow, NH racing media personality.
DOTTIE PARK- Wife of Bob and mom of Todd and Steve.

November 5
PETE RONDEAU- No. Waterboro, ME NASCAR crew chief.

November 6
GEGE GRAVEL- Groton, MA ProStock/KNPSE driver.
GLEN BREHIO- Templeton, MA NASCAR KNPSE driver.
ANDY HOUSTON- Hickory, NC CwTS/NNS driver.
BRUCE KLINE- OCFS dirt Mod driver.
ROY HANKS- Somers, CT ProStock driver.
DENISE BARKER- Wife of Legends 8NY team owner Bob "Mad Dog" Barker of Staten Island, NY.
CASEY LaJOIE- One of NNS Randy's and Lisa's children.
BARBARA SMITH- Wife of Setauket, LI, NY Marco.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: November 2, 2012

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