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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   09/13/2013


SEASON ďINGĒ
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   The season is winding down but there is no shortage of racing left. The Tour championship races are coming down to the wire. How do we perform under the microscope? Will people see our true character? When they do will they see the love of Jesus? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Many times in life and racing we find ourselves in pressure packed situations. We need to perform better to retain a sponsor or we need a good finish to secure our point standings. There are many opportunities at this time of the season to forget about everything and focus on our on track performance. Crunch Time!

   Many times when we put pressure on ourselves we do not represent God well. We lose sight of what we have been called to become in Christ and we revert back to self-focused and self-serving. We forget to look around and see what others are going through.

   That is not the way we should live. We should be looking around for the opportunities that God has for us. When we turn our focus internally we do not see or hear the voice of God. Jesus encourages us to remember who we are called to be.

Matthew 5:13-16; "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

   Jesus uses two analogies, salt and light. Letís take a look at salt first. Do you use salt?

   We use salt for different things such as to season food or melting ice. When we use it as a seasoning we enhance the flavor. Take a look around and see if you are enhancing those around you. Are you making things better or worse?

   We also use salt to change things. When we put salt on ice it melts and destroys it. Salt can be corrosive, it can tear thing apart. We are encouraged by Jesus to use the love of Christ that is in our hearts to improve the situation. Jesus cautions that if we lose our focus and our ďsaltĒ is no longer affective we become useless.

   We have the opportunity each moment we live to affect those around us, either for good or evil. We decide how we will use our influence. When we choose to be destructive our ability to claim the love of Christ and help others is gone. Our witness is no longer respected.

   When we find ourselves under pressure we need to be aware of how we are demonstrating our faith. We need to remember who is in control. We need to avoid losing our saltiness, our credibility, our witness.

   Think of it this way. You can be an egg or a carrot or coffee beans. Let me explain, when we place each on of these in the heat of the moment, boiling water, they react differently. An egg becomes hard-boiled. Itís insides change from liquid to solid. Our heart gets hard. Carrots on the other hand get soft and mushy. They start off rigid and strong but end up all mushy, no backbone, no firm foundation to stand on. Now coffee beans on the other hand do not change, they remain the same. They do however change the water. The water becomes aromatic and tasty. The water becomes desirable. The coffee beans do not change but they improve the water. Which one are we. When pressure comes do we harden our heart, loose our foundation or add to the situation in a way that improves it? Donít loose your saltiness.

   Jesus put in each one of us a light that will dispel the darkness. Donít hide your light, let it shine. Have you ever been in a cave and the lights went out. You cannot see your hand in front of your face. Then you light a match, a little flame, amazing how much light it provides. You are the same kind of light. We, as Christians, have the same opportunity to light the darkness others are experiencing. When all hope is gone the light of one who knows Jesus can bring hope to the world.

   Have you ever tried to stumble around in the dark? Even in your own home, you think you know where things are, but you still stub your toe and stumble. When we hide our light we cause others to stumble around in the darkness. When we keep the love of God to ourselves and do not share it we leave others to find their own way in the darkness. Let you light shine! Put it on a lamp stand and help others find their way.

   Jesus used these two analogies to demonstrate two important functions we have as Christians. We need to improve the lives of others and shine our light to help them find their way. Have we improved the lives of those around us or have we been an obstacle? The first lesson Jesus taught us in this passage is that we have a responsibility to lead others. Whether we realize it or not we are leading. Make sure you are leading people to what is right.


THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   LOCAL RACING WINDS DOWN - With Thompson crowing their champions and just a few races left at many tracks around the Northeast lets us know the most exciting part of the racing season is here. Thompsonís Sunoco Modified championship was a tie and had to be settled by most wins. Keith Rocco edged out Woody Pitkat for the title.

   I am looking forward to see how the dust settles on the remaining championships to be awarded. Take some time to take in some live racing action.

   STILL RECOVERING - Just wanted to let you know that our Chaplains who have been struggling to over come some medical issues are doing great. Bobby Somers is gaining strength every day and Rev. Dan is almost back to his old self. Thank you for your prayers and concerns.

   We are looking forward to celebrating with all of you as your seasons yield the results of your efforts. Even those who donít achieve a championship have victories to celebrate. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

   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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 13, 2013

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