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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   07/24/2014


BEING STRETCHED
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  When we face challenges in life we need to remember that we donít travel that road alone. Each one of us has to deal with challenges that push us beyond what we think we can take. At those times we need to remember that God is with us and will help us through. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  This past week Lynda and I were stretched by God as we traveled to Haiti . Before we left Lyndaís family had the challenge of mixed emotions as I did the funeral for her Aunt and then the wedding for her cousin. They got through the challenges because God walked beside them.

  As we traveled we met obstacles that could have prevented us from completing our journey; if we let them. First the approval I received from Jet Blue to travel with extra bags of cloths and school supplies wasnít honored by the supervisor at JFK. We adjusted and repacked and the Lord got all the supplies to Haiti .

  On our 200 mile journey from Port Au Prince to Duchity, Pestel we faced a burned out clutch as we climbed the mountain in our rental van. Stranded by the side of the road for four hours in the Haiti countryside is not the safest place to be. God protected us and blessed us with a brand new van delivered on the back of a flat bed to continue our journey.

  God desires to stretch us, challenge us, test our faith. Are we ready to let God guide us as we persevere through the challenges of life?

Hebrews 12:1; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

  Do you remember your parents using the line ďthis is for your own goodĒ? It was usually used to motivate us to do something we really didnít want to do. There were many things we had to do growing up that we really didnít want to do.

  I remember once as a kid I took something that didnít belong to me and when my mom found out about it she not only made me give it back but she also made me stand before the person I took it from and apologize. Couldnít I just give it back and forget the rest? No, this is for your own good.

  We attempt to help the drivers we minister to through the same things. When there is an incident on the track and it is necessary for the parties involved to get together and work it out, we encourage them to do it. Sometimes we actually get them together and encourage them through the process. It isnít comfortable but it is necessary to move forward and grow.

  We have the final say on whether we do the wise thing or the foolish thing. Jesus tells us of two different responses to His teaching.

Wise and Foolish builders, Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man
who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

  Look at the similarities of the two men, there were three things. One, they knew the words of Jesus. Two, they both wanted to build a life that would last. Three, they both experienced storms.

  Where do the storms in life come from? I read this note; ďthis thing is from meĒ, God. Donít think for a moment that God is not in the storms of life. He is not only in them but he uses them to help us grow and mature. It is in these times that we learn to depend on him and him alone.

  Most time we live a shallow life. The outside looks great but when you dig a little deeper there isnít much there. It reminds me of a man that built a sailboat.

  There was a man who wanted to build a fantastic sailing ship. He used the best of materials and bought the finest sails. When he was finished, the boat looked awesome. It sparkled and shone in the sunlight. There was not another ship its equal. However, below the waterline he wasnít as diligent. He skimped; when it came time for the ballast, he didnít have much of anything in the hold.

  Do you know what happens when your sailboat doesnít have any ballast? When the boat met its first big wind, it toppled over. The shiny new part of the boat was now underwater and what the man thought no one would see was exposed for all to see. When you build a sailboat it is what you have below the waterline that determines the magnitude of the storm you can endure.

  Life is much the same way. It matters how firm and stable our foundation is. We cannot endure the challenges of life without the right foundation. We cannot survive the storm without being anchored in Christ.

  Difficulties and challenges will come in life. There are three ways we can respond to those difficulties and challenges.

  Despise; we can hate God and be angry with him. Like throwing a temper tantrum when we were children and our parents corrected us or made us do something we didnít want to do.

  Discouraged; we can be depressed and think that no one loves us. We have no self worth and doubt if God even knows we are alive.

  Learn; we can choose to be proactive and teachable. We know that God is in this, he is in control and he knows what is best for us. Through this situation we need to learn and mature. We open up our hearts and heads to the teaching of God and strive to figure out everything there is to learn from the situation, knowing all the while God walks alongside to guide us if we stray.

  Which builder are we? Are we wise and build on the solid foundation of Christ? When the storms of life come will we have what it takes on the inside to get through? Or will everything we have built in life come crashing down around us because we didnít trust God. We have the choice to make. Choose the solid foundation and learn from God.
 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  DOUBLEHEADER OF EXCITEMENT - The Mods were in action at two classic Modified tracks this past weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and Monadnock Speedway. Both tracks have their own personality and produce very different types of racing. They both produced classic races this past weekend.

  The gem at Stafford wasnít the VMRS but the SK Mod feature. It was a classic as Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco battled side by side, lap after lap. The surprise was neither would get the victory. Ronnie Williams waited patiently in third and proved to be in the right place at the right time taking home his first win in the division. Look for more from this young, talented driver.

  Monadnock gave us something we wonít soon forget; a 200 lap race, green to checker without a caution. I am not sure if this is the first time but I know I havenít seen it. It wasnít a bad race either. We watched two different race strategies play out. Ryan Preece took the lead early and built a 5.5 second lead, a half lap, while he lapped all but six cars. Justin Bonsignore won the pole and ran in second for most of the race. He led early but settled in second and turned laps. With about fifty to go Bonsignore made his move. Over the next 30 laps he cut into Preeceís lead until he was on his rear bumper. He made the pass for the lead and took it all the way to victory lane. Preece came home second followed by Eric Goodale.

  Bonsignore had a great weekend in his Spafco prepared race cars finishing third Friday night at Stafford in the VMRS race and winning the WMT race on Saturday. Congratulations to Art and Ken Barry, longtime Modified racing competitors.

  PICKERING FAMILY CONTINUES TO BE IN OUR PRAYERS - I talked with Ed Pickering, an official at Monadnock Speedway, this weekend and he asked if we could continue to keep them in prayer. Edís wife Mary endured surgery associated with breast cancer and she is facing further treatments and a difficult prognosis. Please pray for her and Ed. I am sure a card to let them know they are still in our prayers would be an encouragement. You can send them to her at: 31 Knight Street , Keene , NH 03431 .

  Looking forward to taking in some local action over the next few weeks, I hope you will join me. Stafford has their big NAPA Auto Parts SK5K race coming up on Friday, July 25. Thompson gets back into action with a 20/20 Sunoco Mod Beach Party event on Wednesday, July 30.

 
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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 24, 2014

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