The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Have you ever noticed the way we approach a situation matters? The attitude with which we go about our day to day activities has a tremendous influence on those around us. We can change any encounter with our attitude; for the better or the worse. Having the right perspective goes a long way. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   When you step back and take a look at life you start to realize how few things we control. We have no control over the things that happen to us. Think about how many times a race driver has said ďI got caught up in someone elseís mess.Ē When you race you have control of the decisions you make, but there are 30+ other drivers who are making decisions independent of yours. When you think of it, you really donít have much control.

   You do however have control of how you respond to the decisions of the other drivers. Sometimes we respond before we figure out what really happened and make a fool of ourselves. Remember the old adage, ďPut your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion.Ē In the heat of the battle we forget to think first and speak later.

   Our attitude is determined by giving thought and feelings about the choices we make. We always have the choice to decide how we are going to look at something. The glass can be half full or half empty. Our attitude has influence and will help determine how those around us respond. Our attitude is contagious.

   Think about how we react to difficult circumstances and challenges. What is our attitude when things are not going the way we thought or hoped they would? We donít have to let circumstance dictate our attitude. When we are able to see beyond our difficult circumstances and make the effort to look into the lives of those around us our attitude changes.

   Everyone understands disappointment or discouragement when things arenít going well, but when we choose to look for the good in spite of the difficulties people take notice. That is when people wonder what we have that they donít. James wrote;

James 1:2, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

   This isnít the entire thought but it sets the tone for the right way to deal with difficult circumstances. James says do it with joy. Now how many of us face difficulty and trials with joy?

   Joy is an inner peace, a confidence that God is in control and the situation we are in will benefit us. But our instinct is to see them as bad things, things we donít deserve. We are disappointed and discouraged and let it show. We need to adjust our attitude. Listen as James completes his thought.

James 1:3-4, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

   When we learn how to respond to challenging times we develop the maturity necessary to be complete; not lacking anything. Think back to how you responded when you were younger. We didnít have the discernment or knowledge we do now. Because of that we responded immaturely.

   We go through life thinking we have control, but we really donít. Letís take a drive. We arrive at the stop sign and there is a car approaching from the other direction. Will they stop or wonít they? You donít know and you canít predict it either. Who knows what the driver is thinking or doing. Are they changing the radio station or maybe talking on a cell phone? They could be just daydreaming or thinking of something other than driving or obeying the traffic laws. What do you choose?

   We live our life that way every day, we trust others to make the right choices and we feel somehow we have control. We donít.

   I know of only one person who can control the choice of others if they let him, God. We need to set an example by first following Godís direction. As we live life we should have a peace, a joy, in our heart that demonstrates our trust in Him. That will help us develop maturity and perseverance. We will be complete.

   This week try this, relax, donít get excited and smile. Let God have control, trust Him and see where He leads us. You will be surprised how much freedom we have when we let God have control of our schedule.


   WASHED OUT - The timing of the weather couldnít be more frustrating for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park . It has been a month since the big oval has seen any racing. This week we have the Whelen Modified Tour event there, letís hope Phil Kurze brings his Whelen Weather!

   STAFFORD GETS WET ALSO - This week the weekly schedule at Stafford Motor Speedway fell to the weather also. What this means to all of us race fans is that these places are losing the revenue from a nights racing. We all know how tight things are and how the success or failure of a business hangs on the very edge. Let me encourage you to make an effort to get out to the local track, buy a ticket and enjoy some great racing. It is up to us fans to keep these places going or we risk losing them. I am sure it would be difficult to miss a weeks pay or worse a months pay. Letís do our best to support local, live racing.

   MODIFIEDS, NEMA, ISMA - Must be the Mid-Summer Wings and Wheels event at Waterford Speedbowl. It is great to see at least one track being able to run this weekend. Here are some thought from Tara Stoehr our NEMA Chaplain.

   NEMA celebrated the Gene and Marilyn Angillilo memorial. As a way to celebrate two incredible, faithful and dedicated lives, I asked several people from NEMA if they could give me a sentence or two about Gene and Marilyn. It was clear to me that for over three decades they have impacted so many lives and continue to do so today!

   I will share just a few statements that I received;

   "Gene would give you the shirt off his back....anything, anytime."

   "Whether people believe it or not, Gene was always a fan of the underdog"; Gene and Marilyn were exemplary people, they gave to each other, they gave to others and they gave to this club.Ē

   "Gene and Marilyn are a part of NEMA folklore"

   And I will end with a statement his best friend Jack wrote:

   "I traveled a million miles with Gene and Marilyn, never a dull moment. I laughed and cried with them both, and prayed for them, for no more suffering when it was their time to go home."

   You can read more about Gene and Marilyn Angelillo on the NEMA web-site.

   Russ Stoehr finished 3rd in the Gene and Marilyn's 45 "Dumo's Desire", I heard one of the crew members say "that was as good as a win tonight!" Todd Bertrand #39 won with Randy Cabral 2nd.

   The NEMA Lites feature was won by Scott Bigelow #32 followed by Ian Cummins in the #9 car and Danny Cugini in the #51.

   TWO WHEEL MADNESS - Just for the record, I passed my Motorcycle Road Test with flying colors, thanks to Bob and Ron of TSI Harley Davidson in Ellington , CT for their excellent instruction.

   God has placed this vision in my heart and I hope to share more about it with you in the weeks to come. For now, please pray for the resources to be able to ride with some of the racing community and some veterans that need a Rev. to hang with.

   As always thank you for your encouragement and support, both financial and prayer. It is your support that makes this all possible.

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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: August 16, 2013

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