With the Forth of July reminding us of our independence,
I wonder if we really are independent. Do we think we can make it on our
own? Do we think the decisions we make only affect us? I wonder how many of
us live our lives without realizing how the decisions we make affect others.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Are we truly independent? If we take look at history, what happened on
Independence Day was a group of people banded together and relied on each
other for the strength to declare their independence from British rule.
Without the support of each other they would not have been able to achieve
success. They were willing to lay down their lives to secure that freedom
and today we still demonstrate that willingness.
We sometimes confuse the meaning of the term independence. What does it
take to be truly independent? You must divorce yourself from everyone and
everything. In the society we have a term for that type of person, a loner.
I am not sure that is how God created us to be.
Look at our race teams. How many of us could race without a team? I don’t
think there is one of us who could. We at least need a gopher. Take a look
around the shop and the pit area and write a list of all the things that
need to be done. There is no way anyone could go it alone.
Look at our lives. How many of us spend our time completely alone? We
don’t. We spend it with family and/or friends. If we don’t have any we go
out and look for some. We spend a large part of our time searching for
people to be with. We are people who enjoy being around other people.
We surround ourselves with people. We enjoy their company. We cannot live
without it. One of the secrets to life is our interdependence on each other.
The Body of Christ, those who belong to Christ through the acceptance of His
sacrifice, is made up of people who depend on each other. Paul writes;
1Corinthians 12:12-20; The
body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts
they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one
Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks,
slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body
is not made up of one part but of many.
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the
body," it would not for that reason cease to
be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I
do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of
the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing
be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in
fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he
wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it
is, there are many parts, but one body.
Our lives are enhanced when we share them
with others. When we come together we can build a life that reflects the
love that God has for each of us. The question might be asked, how does this
affect me? How does my life affect those around me? Am I a functioning part
of the body or do I need some physical therapy to straighten things out?
Let me suggest first looking around at the people you spend your time
with. Do you add or subtract from the relationship. Are people better for
knowing you or do they run the other way when they see you coming? Do people
seek you out when they need help or support in their lives?
Jesus lived a life as an example for us. People sought Him ought because
they knew their life would be better if they listened to Him. If you examine
Scripture no one who sought Jesus out was turned away. It didn’t matter what
their social or economic situation was, Jesus made time for them. In
Scripture we learn that when people came face to face with the living God
they never left the same way they came. Jesus changed them both spiritually
Let us ask ourselves, do people see Jesus in us? If they do they will
seek us out when their lives are not what they should be. It is in this
process where we become interdependent. Our lives depend on those around us
and their lives depend on us. So much is riding on the way we live; we
should live in a way that is right. Paul writes in Philippians 2:5 that our
attitude should be the same as Jesus’.
That is a great goal, but most of us fall short. We give in to our
selfish desires and put the concerns of others secondary to what we want. To
overcome this we need to be accountable to someone. Who are we accountable
to? Find ourselves a faithful friend, one we can trust. One who cares enough
about us to tell us the truth. With such a friend we can improve your walk
tremendously. We will succeed more than we fail. And when we fail we will
have someone there to stand beside us and help us get back on track.
The writer of Ecclesiastes in 4:9-10,12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return
for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up! ….
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three
strands is not quickly broken.
It is good to be dependent on someone and
have someone depend on you. It is the basis on which strong fulfilling lives
are built. Build your life on the foundation that will not only help you,
but will help those who depend on you. Our ability to live a life that
brings Glory to God is dependent on those around us.
FROM THE ROAD
WHAT DO YOU MEAN “WELL” - Well? I
know it is a deep subject. Have you ever noticed that words have different
meanings depending on where you are? Well that point became very clear on
our recent trip to Riverhead. Well means something very different in NY than
it does in CT. “Traffic moving well on 495” Translation, you may be able to
take your foot off the brake once in a while.
I guess the difficulty comes in my expectation. I expected well to
mean traffic would be traveling at the speed limit or better. My
expectations went unfulfilled. Well as it related to NYC traffic implies
periodically taking your foot off the break. Now I understand.
Imagine my concern when we left Riverhead, got on the LIE and were
greeted with a sign; “traffic moving well”. Well, well, well, this time we
moved along better than expected. I guess at different times is means
different things. It is a deep subject.
I WANT YOU TO BE PERFECT - We came close a few years ago to
having the RWJM Pace Car tagged by a race car on the track at Riverhead.
That prophecy was fulfilled last Saturday night, the Buzz Chew supplied
Riverhead Pace Car received the love tap from TC. They had to call AAA to
send a wrecker to remove the car from the infield.
I couldn’t help but remember Days of Thunder, “I want you to go out
there and hit the pace car! I want you to be perfect and you’ve hit
THREE FOR THREE - The hot streak continues and the next stop
is NHMS and his debut in a Nationwide car. Ryan Preece won again on the WMT
overcoming adversity bringing home the Flamingo Motorsports #16 in first
place. After being driven over and destroying the left side of the car, he
kept moving and didn’t lose track position. Then he suffered a right from
flat, pitted and the crew did the impossible, changed the tire without
losing a lap. The charge from the back of the pack began and ended in
After a week off we head to the Magic Mile to see if the streak
continues. We are looking forward to seeing you along the road.
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