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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   06/28/2013


A FATHERíS RESPONSIBILITY
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   I was reading an article the other day about a father; he made this comment; ďMy most important priority in life is to make sure my children are happy.Ē I disagree. It sounds nice, but the role of a father is to train up their children in the way of the Lord. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Our responsibility as leaders in our home and community is to teach the next generation. Lessons are not easy. Learning is not comfortable. Discipline does not make you happy.

   I realize that he may have met something different than what was recorded, that happens quite a bit in interviews. But to put the notion out there that a fatherís primary job is to make their children happy is wrong. This type of thinking has created the mess we call society. It also dishonors God.

   If a Fatherís job is to make his children happy does that mean our Heavenly Fatherís job is to make us happy? That will not be beneficial for us. God loves us too much to make us spoiled brats.

   Many second and third generation families exist in racing solely on the fact that one generation taught the next and so on. The generation coming behind us will follow the things they are taught. They do what they know how to do, most times improving on the lessons they have learned.

   As I thought about my dad, I reflected on some of the lessons I learned at my Fatherís knee. I wondered how many of us know what we know because our father put it there. What did you learn from your Father?

   I think every parent only wants that opportunity, the opportunity to teach their children the lessons that they learned; the opportunity to teach their children what and how this life should be lived.

   I was rereading a story told by Geoff Bodine in the March 2003 issue of Guideposts. He talked about the family feud that went public after that faithful day in Indy when he and Brett exchanged love taps in turn three and four. Geoff recounted how he shot his mouth off and exposed a family matter for the whole world to see.

   He remembered what his dad had taught him and wondered what his father would make of the whole thing. He behaved in a way that went against everything his father had taught him. ďI couldnít imagine how deeply our fighting must have hurt Dad.Ē

   Geoff continued, ďI grew up on my grandfatherís farm in Chemung , NY . Grandpa worked the dairy part. Dad and I worked the chicken farm. Side-by-side with dad, I learned what it meant to be a caring, decent Christian man. He was always giving, whether it was a meal, a job or money. People in church and the community counted on him. I canít remember him ever once saying anything bad about anyone; especially family.Ē

   Geoff shared how something continued to nag at him, despite all his success he had forsaken the lessons he learned from his father. His dad loved his wife, loved his children and most of all loved living a life that pleased God. Geoff remembers praying, ďPlease Lord, teach me how to make you more a part of my life. Like dad.Ē

   In the end God would come to Geoffís aid, as he tumbled in a horrific crash at Daytona, God came to him and spared his life. ďIt wasnít luck or safety restraints that saved me, it was a miracle. I am here to tell them Iím alive only by the grace and power of God. Iím sure Dad would be proud.Ē

How does a fatherís influence affect a child?

   We canít all say we have had the best dad in the world. Letís face it some of us fall short. The Bible tells us that fathers have certain responsibilities to their families. Scripture tells us that the father is the head of the family. That does not mean he is king and lord to be served by the family. It means quite the opposite. The father is the chief servant of the family. He will be held responsible by God for the actions of his family.

   Listen to what Paul writes;

Ephesians 5: 25-33, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish,
but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it,
just as Christ does the church-- for we are members of his body.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 6:4, Fathers, do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

   The foundation of a God honoring family starts with a father who is willing to set aside his wants and desires for the benefit of his wife and family. A fatherís role is to lay down his life for his wife. The needs of the family are more important that his wants.

   A father needs first to put his wife ahead of himself. This proves difficult for most men. We somehow think our wives are here to serve us. We need to get this right if we can expect to have a family that honors God.
This scripture also tells us that our role as fathers is not to antagonize and frustrate our children but to train them and instruct them in the way of the Lord. This implies that the father knows the way of the Lord.

   If you donít, start learning it now. It is never too late. When we change as fathers we influence our entire family. Know also that God can and will change the results of our past transgressions. I have seen it happen time and again. It has happened in my own family. When the father gets his relationship with God right and starts following Godís Will the family follows and is better for it.

   I would encourage you to submit to Godís authority through Jesus Christ. When you do, your family will follow. When you live according to Godís Will, you and your family will be blessed. Follow the ways of the Lord and He will lead you along the right path.

 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE - Race season is in full swing and the weather has finally decided to cooperate. It seemed that this week was a whirlwind of travel for me. First I headed down to New Jersey for my first trip to New Egypt at the request of Dirt. This was the first race back for the dirt racing community in New Jersey after the crash at Bridgeport and having some extra Chaplains around would be a good thing. I enjoyed my experience there and look forward to my next trip back.

   After Jersey it was back to Connecticut for Thompson, this was my first trip out there this year, mostly because of the weather. I guess we all know what happens when we have almost a month off from racing. Patience is something we acquire from racing, not sitting around watching it rain. There was work to be done.

   It was good to see Jimmy Wilson in town, tour director for the Whelen Modified Tour. With the race Saturday night at Waterford he came up a little early to take in Thompson and Stafford. I enjoyed my time with him and it is great to see him taking an interest in the local scene.

   Friday night had the Valenti Modified Racing Series in town at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Inaugural VMRS 80. Tommy Barrett became the first repeat winner in the series and the forth different winner this year.

   Thirty-three cars were on hand for the twenty-six starting spots, a good sign of the health of the series. Many of the Stafford regulars found rides but in the end it was the series drivers that won this round with #09 Barrett, #13 Masse and #34 Etheridge taking the podium spots. This could develop into the WOO vs The Pennsylvania Posse battles we see on dirt. That would be great.

   From Stafford I headed south to Waterford for the Richie Evans Memorial 161 for the Whelen Modified Tour. Last year the overflowing crowd was an indication that this is what modified fans wanted more of. The Staff at Waterford brought them back and the fans supported it again. It is encouraging to look up from the front stretch and see the grandstands full. The fans that stayed for the green, white, checker finish got what they came for, all out side by side racing for the win.

   With a couple late race cautions that allowed Ryan Preece to cool his tires and move back up into the second spot the stage was set for a drag race to the finish. When the green fell the race was on, Preece had a slight advantage but Doug Coby fought back on the outside. Coming to the checker it was Preece by a car length to take down the win. Coby wasnít pleased with second place and that understandable, he dominated the last half of the race and if the race went green to the end he would have had the victory.

   Next week we head to another bull ring, Riverhead Raceway, make your plans now; there is some racing to be done.

   CONDOLENCES TO THE CHRISTOPHER FAMILY - It was a challenging week for TC, Mike and the whole family as on Wednesday evening family patriarch Bill Christopher passed away. We are given only one mom and one dad and losing either one is difficult and sometimes you just need some time alone. People donít understand how racers can just go out and race in the midst of such a loss. TC shared with me that being in the race car was a place he could be alone, away form it all and just have some time to himself.

   TC also made it to victory lane on Friday night in the 40 lap SK feature at Stafford . As he sat in his car in victory lane and I am sure he was thanking his dad for giving him the drive to race.

   Please join me and the entire Racing with Jesus Family in extending our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Christopher family. Please lift them up in your thoughts and prayers.

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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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: June 28, 2013

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