The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

  As we race to get things ready for opening day and practice the thought came to mind that there is a right way to practice. Like everything we do in life there is a right way and a wrong way. We are told to practice what is right. Are we practicing what is right or just what makes us feel good? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  We head to the track with the expectation of figuring out the best setup. We try to find the right combination of settings that will yield the fastest car. After all having the fastest car will give us the best chance at winning. I have heard it said the fastest car doesn't always win. So why do we practice trying to make the car go faster?

  To further support the notion that practicing to make the car go fast is not always the right way to practice. We frequently have two setups; one for qualifying and one for racing. What does that tell us? It says, making a car go fast for a few laps will produce a car that won't race very well in the long run. It looks fast for a few laps but soon; very soon, it will destroy itself because it isn't setup to run the race.

  Wow, what a life lesson. We know that setting a race car up to go fast doesn't yield a car that will last. The same holds true in life, setting up our life to live in the fast lane only yields a very short life. I have seen many burn themselves out because they practiced the wrong things. They lived life the wrong way.

  We want the good life, the best life, but we engage in activities that produce results that produce different results. It is impossible for us to live one way and expect a result that is contrary to the activities we practice. A good life is not the result of bad practices. As a matter of fact that is the definition of the word insane, doing the same things over and over and expecting a result that is different. Are we caught in that rut? Are we practicing the same things and expecting different results? We must be nuts!

  We all have a sense of what is right and what is wrong. We try to rationalize the wrong activities that we practice. We try to convince ourselves that we are alright because everyone is doing it. We make excuses for our incorrect practices and try to convince ourselves that everything will work out fine. When it doesn't we look for someone to blame. Generally God falls into this category. How could God let this happen? The writer of Romans helps us to understand that a little;

Romans 1:28-32; Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,
he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters,
insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil;
they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,
they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

  The writer explains that there comes a time when God says, “Enough! If that is the way you want to live, fine live that way. I am withdrawing my presence from your life.”

  Think of it like raising a child. You try to teach them the right way to live but they think they know better. You try to show them the right path so that they don't experience the pain and suffering you did, but they think they know better. You try to protect them in every way from the things they don't need to experience, but they think they know better.

  At some point you say fine go ahead try it your way. You sit by and watch, waiting for the results you know are coming. When it comes you have a choice to make. Do you pick them up or do you let them experience the consequences of their actions? There are instances when each response is right. You need God's guidance to know which response is the right one.

  Sometimes we ask God for his guidance and direction only to set it aside and do things our way. I am amazed at how many of us think we know better than God what the right direction is for us. It is not in God's character to lead us in the wrong direction, yet we question His wisdom. Jesus explained it this way;.

Luke 6:46-49; "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground
without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

  We need to take heed of the guidance we receive from God. We need to follow His ways. We need to practice the right way by following God. We need to practice what is right.

  Practice makes perfect. What use is it if we become experts at things that are wrong? As we repeat things over and over they become habits. Habits can be good or bad. We all have bad habits. They come from practicing the wrong way. Only when we practice the right things, the right way do we develop the right character.

  Let’s take a look at what we are practicing. Is it consistent with the teaching in God's word? Does it honor God and bring glory to His name? Only when it does is our life blessed. When we practice what is right the results will be a blessing. I would encourage you to analyze your practice routine and if it needs to be adjusted then make the necessary adjustments to get it in line with God.

Philippians 4:8-9; Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice.
And the God of peace will be with you.



  WINTER IS NOT FINISHED YET - Waterford ’s Blast-off weekend fell victim to the weather as did many races up and down the Eastern seaboard. Due to the weather we will head back to Waterford next week and finish what was never started. Look forward to seeing you there. It was a good thing there was UCONN Basketball to watch because there wasn’t much else to occupy your time.

  I did get a trip up to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday morning to watch several WMT teams get some practice in. That was also short lived as the weather moved in early afternoon. It is always good to hear the sound of race cars making laps. Spring will be here soon enough!

  MINISTRY UPDATE - Just wanted to take a moment to bring you up to speed on how things are going. With the new racing season upon us and all of us here at Racing with Jesus Ministries are excited about what the Lord has in store for us. We have seen doors open for us in ways that indicate His Spirit is moving. Opportunities have been made available to us that only God could arrange and we thank Him for those. We also thank you for your dedication and commitment to partner with us in spreading the Good News of the gospel.

  With those opportunities comes a responsibility. We need to honor what God has provided. We need to trust Him and exercise faith as we step out beyond our own comfort zones. We are in the process of walking through the open doors that God has provided and expanding our presence throughout the racing community.

  Please continue to be in prayer for us as we enter this new racing season. Pray that God would provide the additional personnel and resources that will be necessary to follow as God leads us. We have many exciting fields in which to harvest. Fields that were closed off to us in the past, but now, through the leadership of the Spirit, are open.

  With a new season comes the chance to plant new seeds, grow new lives, and produce fruit that is pleasing to God. We must always remember who makes that possible, Jesus. Pray that we will remain in Him and He in us. Pray that we will bear much fruit. Pray that we would honor God in all that we do. Pray that we have the trust and faith to go and minister.

  ICEBREAKER ON TAP FOR WMT - The traditional right of breaking the ice falls to the new Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend. I was up there last week and things are coming along. There will be a few things that will need to be adjusted but we should be able to work around and get this in. Thanks to the team at Thompson who have worked through what can be considered a very difficult winter to get this race in. It was a long shot last year but their hard work has made it a reality. Thank you.

  PRAYERS NEEDED - Please lift the Venditti and Petty Families in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve their loss.

  IRENE VENDITTI, On March 28th Irene Venditti, 94, left the world of the living, passing away peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Seekonk on August 21, 1919. She married D. Anthony Venditti in 1938. For 6 years Irene and Anthony were reluctant chicken farmers until Anthony, determined to make a better life for his family, decided to build a racetrack in his backyard. That dream became a reality when Seekonk Speedway opened its gates in 1946. Today the track holds the title of being the oldest consecutively family run track in the country. Irene was instrumental in the success of the raceway, working tireless alongside her husband until his death in 1991. They were married 53 years. Irene continued to be involved with the running of the speedway and in 2012 she was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame. A devout catholic and humanitarian, Irene was awarded the Marian Medal by the Fall River diocese in 1992. She was active in many groups for many years at Mount Carmel Church in Seekonk.

  LYNDA GAYLE OWENS PETTY, March 6, 1942 - March 25, 2014, 72, one of the first women of NASCAR and its most beloved wife, mother and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina today. She was surrounded by her family. Affectionately known as "Mrs. Lynda" to so many, Lynda Petty set a standard for being a loving, supportive and, when needed, an authoritative wife and mother. She also set the benchmark for being a leader in her local community while raising a family in the fast-growing sport of stock car racing. Lynda helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary and will always be remembered as the wife to Richard Petty. Their steadfast love endured trials that only a marriage of over 50 years can. Through triumph and heartache, Lynda Petty was the castle that supported a king in private and public moments. The family offered the following statement to the public: "We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us and our Family throughout the years and at this time. We will forever love and miss a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend."

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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: April 4, 2014

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