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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   07/31/2014


FOCUSED
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  What does it mean to be focused? What we focus on and what we choose to set as priorities define our life. Circumstances as a result of the choices we make help us to refocus and reprioritize our lives. What are our priorities in life? What are we focused on? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  At Monadnock I witnessed the most focus I have seen on the racetrack in many years. The race went green to checker without a caution. Not 30 or 40 laps but 200 laps. Not a wide, spacious track but a quarter-mile Bullring! Each driver had to be focused on the task, no mistakes and no issues. That is driving with focus!

  Being a successful racer requires being focused and setting the right priorities. We work hard at getting everything in order. Take a look at the teams that win. I think you will find that they have an organized and focused effort. Their preparation shows in the results they have on the track.

  How about life? Do we give any thought to living a life focused on the things that really matter? Or do we just let it come to us? Do we just go along without a focus or priority? Life has a way of overwhelming us. The circumstances of the choices we make are not always what we planned. How do we overcome the results of our choices? Having the right focus and priorities is the place to start.

  Think about the makeup of a championship team. First you need someone who leads; someone that everyone on the team can follow. Someone who knows what must be done to win. Then you need those willing to follow; teammates who are willing to make the sacrifice and follow for the benefit of the team. Add to that the resources to accomplish the task and you begin to have what it takes to win.

  When the leader has the wrong focus the team loses its direction. Everyone has their own idea and decides they know best. The team splinters and isolates itself into little clicks. The unity, focus and priorities are not there to produce the desired result, winning.

  Have you ever gotten to a point in your life that you ask the question, how did I get here? You thought you had everything under control. You thought you could handle anything that would come your way. Then you find yourself wondering how it all went wrong.

  We live our lives thinking we have all the answers. We think we are in control. When the bottom falls out we realize that we actually control very little.

  It is said that we wonít change until we canít handle the consequences of our choices. When we hit bottom and look up we see the overwhelming consequences of living life our way. We cry out for help. God provides that answer.

  Let me ask a question, who knows better how to live the best life possible than the creator of life Himself? No one. If our desire is to live the best life possible our focus must be on God. God has a set of priorities for our lives. The first step is to recognize our need for Him.

  Wouldnít it be great to do this before we end up in a situation that is over our head? Godís offer has always been available but somehow we feel we can get through this life without His help. Our focus should not be on ourselves but it should be on God.

  Remember when you were learning how to setup a race car? Where did you go for help? Some of us thought we could figure it out. We tried and tried but we needed help. Did you wait until you spun out and hit the wall? Did someone come over and try to help you only to be told you didnít need it. You thought you knew it all. When you figured out you didnít who did you ask for advice? You probably asked the person you thought had it all figured out.

  The same is true for life. It is better if we start off trusting God, but no matter when we figure out we need Him, he is there. Do you know the best part? God doesnít say ďI told you soĒ. He welcomes you in, forgives your sin and gives you the right to become a child of God. We serve a truly awesome God.

  I am reminded of Peter and the story of Jesus walking on water.

Matthew 14:25-31, During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

  Jesus points out a couple of things that keep us from trusting him, fear and doubt. We donít believe that Godís way is the best way. We somehow feel we know best until we end up at rock bottom.

  Peter said, Lord, if it is you tell me to come. Jesus said come. Peter walked on water. Then he lost his focus. He started to think about everything but Jesus and who he was. He started to sink.

  It is also important to remember how Jesus responded. He didnít push Peter down or condemn him for doubting. Jesus picked him up and put him back on the boat. He offers us the same forgiveness. He can and will answer our call for help.

  Who are we focused on? What is our priority in life? Is it pleasing God? Is it living in a way that brings honor and praise to God? I encourage you to trust God before you get in too deep. Peter didnít wait until he went under to call for help and we shouldnít either. Call on God for guidance and direction. He will answer your call and reach out to you. He will set you on the right path, the path that leads to abundant life.
 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  INSTANT CLASSIC - The Inaugural 5KSK is in the books and this is what ESPN would label an Instant Classic! Somewhere, somehow there has to be a recording of this one and someone should release it on YouTube or something. This was one of the most exciting, start to finish, races I have seen in a long time, bar none.

  I confess, my attention wanders when the action doesnít hold me. I tend to move on. I never left trackside for this one. The official line says 20 lead changes, but the real number was much higher. It seemed that every turn saw a different leader. One car was good in one and two, while another was good in three and four. The drag races down the straightaway were second to none. You would have been hard pressed to find a lull in the action.

  Donít let anyone tell you race fans only come to watch the crashes, 24 of the 27 starters finished and the racing was side-by-side, nose to tail, closer than you park in the parking lot. No one wanted to take themselves out with foolish behavior. I think this is what Jack Arute Sr. had in mind when he envisioned this division. For the folks who donít care for SKís you missed a great one. Congrats to the #99 team, Kelly, Bob and Rowan.

  WATERFORD FUN - I headed to Waterford Speedbowl for the Shane Hammond Memorial and received an unexpected blessing, fill-in pacecar driver. With the crew at Waterford needing a pacecar driver for the night I was called upon to do the honors. Thanks, I enjoyed every minute of it. It is always exciting to have a front row seat and in addition I could be there in Victory Lane with the NEMA Family. God is Good!

  SEEKONK AND LEE - Our other Chaplains were out and about this past week, Bobby Somers shared as he, Scott Martin and Vinetta attended a couple classics. On Wednesday Scott Martin and myself, Bobby Somers, were on hand for the final TRI TRACK OPEN Modified show at Seekonk. What a great track to have the final race at, The Concrete Coliseum, Seekonk Speedway. Two plaques were given at the drivers meeting to Dick Williams and Jim Shaffer in recognition for putting this three track event show together.

  With 43 cars on hand and only 24 getting into the $10,000 finale, racing math says there is the potential to be whole lot of torn up sheet metal and cars. Well it didnít happen. The drivers ran with respect in the heats and consiís. The feature had a handful of cautions and some incredible side by side racing; the winner was crowned with a $10,000 check and the victory lane smoke show was an event all by itself. The #09 of Tommy Barrett took first, 2nd place to Jon McKenndy and finishing 3rd Matt Hirschman.

  On Friday afternoon Vinetta and I ventured to LEE USA Speedway as they welcomed the Granite State Pro Stocks. This was a first for Vinetta and I to serve the GSPS with RWJM. Well God certainly provided the moments and it was an opportunity to share time chatting with drivers and family. One special moment of the evening occurred as we were walking along praying with the drivers before their feature. I saw several people gathered in a circle, arms stretched around each other with Vinetta leading a couple teams in prayer. Itís simply a blessing to serve in moments like these, words just canít describe.

  I never doubt a moment at the track, because I know we will be guided by God in the way he wants us to move. When we choose to go in the direction God would want us to walk we see His presence and are blessed such as tonight. We want success immediately but sometimes we are not pleased with the results and give up because it wasnít good enough. When we seek Jesus in our life it isnít second best or just something to patch an issue. Itís the best for us and the blessings are something beyond what we had considered.

  As I sat Wednesday with a modified driver we talked about trials and blessings; why we finish where we did in a race. How things happen in our lives outside of racing. We canít let our racing season smother us and lose focus of other things happening around us.

  We all hear it all the time. I worked on my car all week and itís still not right. Did you pray about it? I am having problems with finding employment. Did you pray on it? My health isnít well; doctors canít seem to find out whatís happening. Did you pray on it? Things at home are not going well. Did you all gather at table before you eat and pray on it? I pray that you will seek Christ, you will take a few moments, let your plan go, follow Christís plan for you, seeking his plan in prayer.

  IOWA ON THE HORIZON - The K&N guys get back in action this week at Iowa Speedway. Our Mid-West Chaplain, Mike Kray, will be there for RWJM as we get ready for the mid August race chaser national; Stafford/Watkins Glen to Thompson to Virginia International to Bristol. Sounds like fun, looking forward to seeing you on the road.

 
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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 31, 2014

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