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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   05/31/2013


EDGING GOD OUT
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   Being out of touch for a week is good, but it takes a while to get back in the swing of things. Traveling overseas was a new experience for me and the adjustment coming back has proven challenging. It is good to be back and I am getting back into the swing of things. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   I wanted to thank Rev. Ray for filling in last week and also Bobby Somers for sharing his thoughts this week. It is good to have a great crew behind you to lend a hand. As I read Bobbyís comments this week it helps us realize that we no matter how great we think we are there is a reason for us to be humble before God. Read along as Bobby shares this week with us.

   I wanted to share a story that Vinetta and I came about at a track. Last season we approached a new driver and introduced ourselves. We explained all about RWJM and spent some time talking and getting to know each other. We found out a little about this driver during our conversation. When we asked if the driver would like prayer before going out on the track, the driver replied ďWill it get me a first placeĒ?

   Well I replied that is not for me to say, that is up to Jesus, if he wants you to finish first, last or any where in between itís really up to him. No matter what the finish there will be something to learn from the experience. The driver said he was all set.

   I guess this is a good example of us putting what we want ahead of what we might need. We decide what is best for us and ask God for it. Instead we should call on Jesus to provide what we need. We always think winning is the best result, when some other finish may be what we need.

   Did you ever think that while your open trailer and limited resources may not add up to those enclosed trailers that Jesus has provided for you to race? Every opportunity we have, big or small is provided for us.

   How about the time you left late, trying to get to the race track and you come upon an accident on the highway, holding you up in traffic. The thought comes to mind that you may have been the accident if you didnít get held up in the shop. Donít discount the fact that Jesus provided for your safety.

   Or what about the time you avoided the wreck on the track and you made it through. You wonder out loud ďwow how did I get through that?Ē You ask your crew chief hoping that he had provided you some guidance. Many times we donít give credit where credit is due. Who do you think guided you through that wreck?

   Many times we think life is about things; we want the toys, the fancy haulers, big screen TV and anything we dream about. We think we deserve them. But the real meaning in life comes from Jesus and spending time with him.

   We need to do more communicating with Jesus. Start with a simple 10 minutes to begin the day. We donít think we have the time. We hurry to get ready for work, we say good bye to our spouses and kids and off to work we go! How much better will the day go if we have an idea what God would like us to do that day?

   We need a little communication with Christ, have a conversation with him on the way to work, to the track, at the office. You donít need a cell phone, fax machine, twitter or Facebook. If you seek him out and start a conversation he will listen and he will provide. Itís the beginning of an incredible setup for your life and for your family. Take time to Stop, Pray and Listen.

   One of my favorite verses in the Bible,

Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

   Some time at the track, I will share my testimony with you, what it was like chasing my wants and desires and missing out on that relationship with Christ. I gave up my (EGO) Edging God Out!

   He provided what was best for me and he can do the same for you!

   God Bless! Hope all is well and see you soon at a track.

   Thanks Bobby for that word and reminding us not to edge God out of our lives. He wants to have a real and personal relationship with each one of us. So much so that Jesus gave his life for our sake.

 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY - With the entire racing calendar in New England rained or snowed out it was pretty quiet. I guess that is okay on a holiday weekend but the triple header, F1, Indy and Charlotte on Television couldnít replace the sounds and smell of live racing.

   Weíll get back to action on the Whelen Modified Tour June 7, letís hope for better weather.

   BOWMAN GRAY FOR THE K&N - Rev. Dan is headed to Winston-Salem for the annual visit to Bowman-Gray for the full fendered K&N cars. Truth be told they donít like this race very much, their cars end up looking like modifieds. But the fans love it and as Tony Kanaan said in Victory Lane at Indy, ďItís all about the fans.Ē

   YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP - We donít generally go in a straight line, but when the local drag strip invites you out and asks you to have a chapel service we responded. Steve Fowler, our Montana based Dirt Late Model Chaplain, conducted the first service at Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, MT last weekend and had over 25 in attendance. Great job Steve.

   We are looking forward to some sunshine and better weather. I enjoyed being a part of the SMSís annual charity golf tournament, the Bill Tamburro Jr Memorial Golf Tournament that Lisa Arute and her siblings have put together to remember her brother Bill Tamburro Jr. This year they supported Alzheimerís Research and Pancreatic Cancer Research.

   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
 


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Posted: May 31, 2013

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