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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   07/01/2014


FAMILY
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  The sights I see at the racetracks I travel to, encourage me. We call ourselves a family; a group of people who endure the same set of challenges together. The time we spend at the track takes away from the time we spend at home. Keeping our families in balance is one of the challenges we face. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Family has come to mean many things in our society today. We call any group of people bonded by some common thread a family. Use the racing family for example; we come together around the sport of racing. We have a common language. We experience together the ups and downs of racing. We are bonded by the thread of racing.

  Balancing those responsibilities is one of the greatest challenges we face when we try to pursue a racing career and raise a family. We have a passion for racing and we could easily consume all our time turning wrenches, traveling and racing. Many a family has suffered because of the imbalance of priorities. It is always refreshing to see families who happen to be racers enjoy their time together at the track.

  We are a family at the track, but we also have responsibilities away from the track. How we manage those responsibilities will ultimately determine how successful we are in life. What are our priorities? How do we manage our relationships away from the track? Do we ever wonder if there is a way to keep it all in balance?

  God created the family unit and gave each member responsibilities. In creation he created man and his perfect compliment a woman. Together they were to create and raise a family. God ordained marriage for a man and a woman to come together in a life commitment to each other; a commitment that starts with marriage and ends with death.

  Think about that commitment, what it really means. That commitment is a statement to the world that you value the other person so much that you set them apart from everyone else; you will remain with them for life. How many of us view it that way today?

  A marriage commitment says I will walk alongside you and witness your life. I will be there for every moment. I will not let your life go unnoticed; I will share it with you. I will not leave you.

Mark 10:6-9, "But at the beginning of creation God `made them male and female.'
`For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

  The next relationship that takes priority in our lives is our family. If we have submitted ourselves to marriage, as God defines, one man and one woman, this becomes your next priority in life.

  In addition to our spouse we also have the relationship between parents and children. Scripture helps us to know how we should address those. Both parents and children have a responsibility. It is not a one-way street.

Ephesians 6:1-4; Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
"Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

  God is clear in His word that the family is the foundation of all our relationships. With our family priorities in order we will be in Godís will. When our family is out of balance our life is out of balance.

  If we are to achieve anything in our life we need to have our priorities right. Our relationship with God must always be the top priority. God is creator and sustainer. Nothing exists without God allowing it to.

  Fight the temptation to replace your relationship with God with your passion for racing. If you acknowledge God in all you do, He promises to make our path straight.

  Also fight the temptation to sacrifice your relationship with your family for racing. God is not honored, your family is not honored and your life is out of balance.

  I understand there are reasons for the condition of each of our families, but that doesnít mean we cannot start here and move toward God. Look at it this way, take a moment today and pray to God about your family. Just talk with Him, ask Him to lead you in the right direction, ask Him to guide your spirit, ask Him to teach you what you need to be doing.

  He will; he is our Heavenly Father, like his expectation of our earthly father, he will teach, guide and lead you in the right direction. Trust in Him and he will help you move from where you are to where you need to be. Your life will be fulfilling and satisfying. Many of the difficulties we bring upon ourselves will be gone. Putting things in order honors God and blesses us.

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.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  MISSING A FRIEND (Thank you Bobby Somers for this tribute) - This past week leading up to ďFriday Night Under the LightsĒ at Lee Speedway USA was a somber one. On Thursday Vinetta and I were at the wake for Jim Boniface and Friday the funeral services at Monadnock Speedway. We were very humbled and blessed when Lori Boniface asked that we preside over the services on Friday for Jim. Both days were very well attended. The sight of Kyle Boniface driving his dadís #88 Modified alongside the hearse doing laps is a memory many will not forget soon.

  We shared time with Jim on various occasions at home and in the hospital. On Friday evening the Valenti Modified Racing Series paid their respects as well, honoring Jim leaving the pole position vacant in the lineup. As drivers took their parade laps once again the pole position belonged to Jim, John Spence Sr. announcing that Jim Boniface was on the pole. During driver introductions on the front straightaway with the vacant spot for Jim I was emotional. I stood close by to deliver the invocation. It was a challenge to hold back the tears and speak clearly.

  We have become very close to the many in the Valenti Modified Racing Series family as well as at Lee Speedway, it goes beyond race cars, firesuits, and all the excitement on the track. The blessings of every weekend we may have standing at any track throughout New England with the many drivers and families is one to be cherished. We have been blessed to be a part of this community.

  Itís bigger than any trophy, larger than any prize money could cover. Never ignore your calling, never ignore what you have or complain about each day. Your calling may become something as big as what Vinetta and I have been blessed to do every weekend. We love the racing family whether your part of a team or just walking thru the gates to watch a race.

  This coming week we will be back at Monadnock Speedway with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, and the #88 will be piloted by Kirk Alexander. As the #88 comes onto the track for the feature race I donít think there will be a dry eye found. God Bless everyone!

  NEMA TURNS LAPS AT TWIN STATE (Thanks Tara for this report)

  Claremont NH, I heard a song this week by Kristen Mueller it went like this; I will run, I will run this race and I'll do it all for love. I will fight this good fight of faith. His love compels me forward and controls my heart.

  1Corinthians 13:13; And now these three remain; Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is love.

  Everything Jesus did was out of love for God and people. He only did what his father told him to do, he only said what his father told him to say and he only went where his father told him to go. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us because he loves us!

  Love God, love people - in that order. We all have people in our lives that are hard to love. We donít think we can. But loving God first overflows onto others and God changes our hearts. He will help us love others well if we allow him!

  I shared a true story about how a retired chaplain for the United States Air Force obeyed God out of love and how it impacted a wife of a military man.

  I pray we would be motivated by love, not by bitterness or anger. We all have stuff in our lives to deal with, some because of our past. I pray we would not stuff it down but deal with it and hand it over to God and allow him to heal us! God cares about every detail of our lives! Godspeed!

  RIVERHEAD - Need I say more, it was, well, Riverhead. Close, full contact racing, more yellow than green and in the end the gladiator that can keep it together for 200 laps usually ends up with the trophy.

  Saturday night was a long time coming for the hometown Riverhead Building Supply family. I say family and not team because that is what it is, family. Eric Goodale won his first Whelen Modified Tour Race and the Goodale family celebrated together. What a wonderful night for a family that has supported the Tour for so many years. Hard work does pay off. Congratulations.

  EPIC SKMOD RACE LEADS UP TO THE SK 5K - Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway was one for the ages. As Skmod teams refine their machines for this weeks biggest SKmod race, this was anything but a test and tune session. The early battles between Doug Coby, TC and Ryan Preece were only and indication of things to come. TC and Preece put on an epic tussle for the lead. At one point the lead changed three times in one lap. I think this is what Jack Arute Sr. had in mind when he started the SKmod. TC came out on top of this one but no one wanted to see it end.

  Plan to be in town Friday night, July 4, for the fireworks of the SKmods. This is sure to be a classic. See you there.

 
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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: July 1, 2014

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