As I spoke last week about the journeys we take in life
the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of blessings and challenges. Godís
hand has been on our journeys and we have seen His touch on our lives. How
about you? Can you see the presence of God as you look back at the road you
traveled? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At times life seems to be a blur, even when you have some down time
it can seem that things are moving way too fast. A few weeks back we were in
Bristol , TN and Danville , VA for the WMT and K&N. In between we had a few
days to spend with some good friends and supporters of this ministry. That
time was all too short and all too long at the same time.
Balance is a difficult thing to achieve in life. As I thought about
the contrast of Bristol and VIR I was reminded of the challenges each track
presented in setting up a race car. Bristol , The Worlds Fastest Half-Mile
and VIR a 2+ mile left and right road course. The cars look the same but the
setup was totally different.
The K&N ran Bristol earlier this year and not one of the cars used
in that race competed on Saturday at VIR. They wouldnít be competitive
because the things that are important at Bristol are not important at VIR.
Balance is the most important word on a road course; the ability to turn
left and right with the same degree of control.
How about our lives, from the outside we still look the same but on
the inside we have to have the ability to make adjustments depending on the
situation. Bristol , The Last Colosseum, full contact, tight, move you out
of the way racing. VIR, America ís Motorsports Resort, a country club for
racers, a kinder gentler form of competition. We need the ability to adapt
and be able to reach out no matter what environment we find ourselves in.
Listen to the words of Paul;
1Corinthians 9:19-23; Though I am free and
belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as
possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under
the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the
law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became
like one not having the law (though I am not free from Godís law but am
under Christís law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I
became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that
by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the
gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Paul adjusts his approach the way we
adjust our race cars, no one setup is good for every track we run on.
Likewise, no one approach will reach all the people we come in contact with
for the Gospel. This past week we experienced the extremes in the different
race tracks we go to. We also need to adjust our approach depending on the
environment we find ourself in.
God has called us to go, here there and everywhere. Are we prepared
to make the adjustments necessary to be effective in bringing the Good News
to the ends of the Earth? Jesus gave us this charge; I encourage you to have
the faith to take it up.
Matthew 28:18-20; Then Jesus came to them and
said, ďAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore
go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the
very end of the age.Ē
FROM THE ROAD
TAKE A DEEP BREATH - After several
weeks of back to back races this week was a refreshing break. With many of
the touring divisions taking the week off it gave many of us time to relax a
little, take in some local action and catch up with some chores around the
I was able to attend Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and catch up
with many of the teams I hadnít seen in a while. It is good to go home
again. Let me ask you, where was the place you saw your first race? Is it
still running? Make your way back there and relive the first memories you
have of racing.
Friday night at Stafford I had the opportunity to see it through
the eyes of a four year old. A local Pastor, Zach, came to Stafford for the
first time and brought his young son Malachi. The minute the cars came out
for the heat races his eyes lit up. His attention was focused on the track.
The intensity of his stare told you he was hooked. This was something that
excited him and demanded his full attention.
Funny thing was that when there was a break in the action his dad
told me he wanted to sample everything in the concession stand! Now there is
a budding race fan. Zach is exploring the option of coming on board to help
out. Please keep his decision in your thoughts and prayers.
HEALING NEEDED - While our troops continue to heal there are
still needs for prayers. Rev. Scott continues to be bothered by something,
not sure what, but they are doing test to identify it. Please keep him in
Bobby Somers continues to make great progress as he recovers from a
stroke. He visited the doctor last week and was told everything is coming
Rev. Dan is almost back to full strength from his tick bite. He
still gets a little tired and needs to rest more than in the past, but he is
RIVERHEAD KICKS OFF THE FALL RUN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP - This
week we head to the Island for the second race at Riverhead for the Whelen
Modified Tour. From there we are off to NHMS and follow that up with trips
to Stafford and Thompson.
For the K&N Series we head to NHMS, Dover , Road Atlanta, and
In between we have some WOO races on the schedule and a few trips
around the local scene. We hope to see you along the road.ed.
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God loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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