The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   We can get to a place in life where things just seem disorganized. We try but we just donít seem to be able to get our hands around things. Things seem to be moving in different directions from what we would like. We struggle to find our focus. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   I was talking to a crew chief the other day about the way his car was handling and he shared with me that they came to the track with a new setup and had been trying to dial it in. They were not having much success but were committed to work through it. I was amazed when he said they couldnít even go as fast as the ďoldĒ setup. I was confused.

   If you try something and it doesnít work why not go back to what you know works? The effort and time spent trying to make something work on race day seems like a waste. It only teaches you what you canít do. It demonstrates a loss of focus. Take a step back and rethink the reason why you came to the track that day, to race. Not only to race but to win!

   I understand you have to try new things and when you try, you may find something out, but that type of activity is for a test session, not race day. There is a time and place for every activity and we need to be aware of the situation and focus on the desired result.

   Losing focus applies to every aspect of our lives. We need to remind ourselves what it is that we are doing and focus on the activities that support that. Sometimes we get distracted from our mission. We need to take a step back and refocus.

   The writer of Hebrews reminds us;

Hebrews 2:1 - We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

   Have you ever noticed that what you focus on is likely to become where you end up? Daryl Shoemaker tells us about how he learned this lesson.

   On a recent summer vacation I enjoyed a round of golf with, for the purpose of this story, an unnamed family member. While standing by a tee box, we admired all of the beautiful homes and their immaculately landscaped patios that backed right onto the left side of the fairway. My golf partner indicated that the homeowners complained at length about golf balls hitting their homes. However, it had not been a problem for him as he followed the sage golfing advice - don't focus on the home, tree or water, but instead focus on the place where you want your shot to land. That makes sense. You always hear about how pro athletes are successful in part because they are able to visualize the play. He went on to effectively demonstrate this principle, as after 5 minutes of looking at the homes, he managed to hit a 250 yard shot right into the back of the home furthest from the fairway.

   Actions follow thoughts. It is not that we should ignore the challenges that face us. However, it is a question of focus. We need to remember the situation we are in. Remind ourselves of the right focus.

   When our focus is correct, the obstacles remain in our periphery, the risks become secondary. If our focus is on our purpose the path does not seem so long. While we focus on the reward the cost will seem small.

   What is it that we need to be focused on? We need to remind ourselves that we are to be about the Lordís work. Donít let things distract you from what God requires. I refer back to the writer of Proverbs when I get things out of focus on my life.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

   Are we a little out of focus? Take a step back and look at where we are expending energy. Ask yourself if you are moving in the direction that God wants you to. Make the necessary adjustment to get things back on track.


   NHMS - What a contrast between races. We were at NHMS with both touring divisions this past weekend and the races couldnít have been more opposite. The Whelen Modified Tour race was a classic. The racing was close and competitive. The winner took the lead in turn three and four of the last lap. The leader going into turn three finished third. This was one of those that you had to stay till the end to see the finish.

   The K&N Pro Series East had some challenges to overcome. Just 34 laps in the point leader was in the garage, done for the day. Dylan Kwasniewski was not sure what happened but he knew his day was done. This tightened up the points race with Brett Moffitt closing to within 23 points of the lead with two races to go.

   As always NHMS pushes us to the limit with the schedule and the number of teams to deal with. With the K&N driverís meeting during the introductions for the Modified race that stretched us even more. If we didnít get to talk we have a couple more races to try. Track us down; we are always willing to chat.

   This week we have another double header. We will head to Dover for the K&N East on Friday and then back to Stafford Motor Speedway for the Fall Final on Saturday and Sunday. The season is winding down and the point races are heating up. Get out there and take in some live racing, thereís nothing like it!

   THOMPSON UPDATE - I took a ride earlier this week out to Thompson to check things out. The Road Course is coming along. They have it all roughed in and the base down, looks like it is ready for the binder coat of asphalt. The infield garage is all framed and ready to be closed in along with the scoring tower. The pavement is also down on part of the infield where the garage is located. Looks like they are progress well ahead of schedule; it will look very different come World Series time.

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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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 27, 2013

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