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
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
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
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
3:16-17, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only
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.
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
Dan will be in Rockingham for the K&N guys. Please keep us in your
thoughts and prayers as we travel.
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