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by Rev. Don Rivers

  Does the way we approach things matter? Does the attitude with which we go about our day to day activities have an influence on those around us? We can change any encounter with our attitude. We can change things for the better or worse. Our attitude has great influence in the way others will respond. Do we have the proper frame of mind? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  When you step back and take a look at life you start to realize how few things we control. We have no control over the things that happen to us. Think about how many times a race driver has said ďI got caught up in someone elseís mess.Ē When you race you have control of the decisions you make, but there are many other drivers out there with you who are making decisions independent of yours. None of those other drivers are thinking the same thing you are. Their decisions will be what they think gives them the most satisfaction.

  Did you see the CWTS race at Pocono? Did you see the driver retaliate for an incident and end up taking out another competitor who had nothing to do with it? He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had no control over what the other two drivers where doing, but there decisions cost him a truck and he did not finish the race. We do not have the control we think we have.

  We do however have control of how we respond to the decisions of the others. There are always two sides to every story. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. A wise person holds their tongue, and actions, until they know the whole story. Sometimes we respond before we figure out what really happened and make a fool of ourselves. Remember the old adage, ďPut your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion.Ē In the heat of the battle we forget to think first and speak later.

Proverbs 17:28; Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

  When we think about the choices we have to make and how we feel about them we determine our attitude, our frame of mind. We always have the choice to decide how we are going to look at something. The glass can be half full or half empty. Most times our frame of mind will influence how those around us respond. Our attitude is contagious. How do we frame things, positively or negatively?

  Think about how we react to difficult circumstances. How we react to challenges. How do we react when things are not going the way we thought they would? Are we able to look beyond the circumstances and into the lives of those around us? Are we able to frame things in a way that shows more concern for others than ourselves? We donít have to let circumstance dictate our attitude.

  Everyone understands our disappointment or discouragement when things arenít going well, but when our attitude contrasts our situation people take notice. That is when people wonder what we have that they donít.

James 1:2, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

  This sets the tone for the right way to deal with difficult circumstances. James says do it with joy. Now how many of us face difficulty and trials with joy? Joy is an inner peace, a confidence that God is in control and the situation we are in will benefit us. Most time we donít. Most times we see them as bad things, things we donít deserve. We are disappointed and discouraged. We let it show. We need to adjust our attitude. Listen as James completes his thought.

James 1:3-4, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  When we learn how to have the proper frame of mind we begin the maturing process. When we respond to challenging times properly we develop the maturity necessary to grow.

  Think back on how we responded when we were younger. We didnít have the discernment or knowledge that we do now. Because of that we responded immaturely.

  When I look back on the way I used to act I wonder how God saw anything in me that He could use. I used to fly off the handle and shoot my mouth off before I understood the real situation. I have seen the same immaturity demonstrated in others and wonder if that was the example I used to set. How about you, how do you respond to challenging situations?

  Letís take a drive. We arrive at the stop sign and there is a car approaching from the other direction. Will they stop or wonít they? You donít know and you canít predict it either. Who knows what the driver is thinking or doing. Are they changing the radio station or maybe talking on a cell phone? They could be just daydreaming or thinking of something other than driving or the stop sign. What choice do we make?

  We live our life that way every day, we trust others to make the right choices. We trust others to act in a way that is beneficial for us. Most times people act contrary to that. Most times we act in our own interest and we feel somehow we have control. We donít.

  When things happen to us because of someone elseís choice we say it was out of our control. We cannot choose for someone else, but their choice determines what happens in our life. I know of only one person who can control the choice of others if they let him, God.

  We need to set an example by first following Godís direction. As we go about doing that we should have a peace in our heart that demonstrates our trust in Him. That will help us develop maturity and perseverance.

  This week try this, relax, donít get excited, keep a proper frame of mind. Let God have control, trust Him and see where He leads you. You will be surprised how much freedom you will have when you donít worry about taking care of number one. You will be surprised how encouraging you can be to others.


  LOCAL DRIVER BREAKS THROUGH - Woody Pitkat broke into the ranks of Whelen Modified Tour Winners on Friday night with a dominating victory in the 811 Call before you dig 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. He had been close before but this one was anything but close. As I talked with Ron Silk after the race we agreed, there wasnít anyone who was going to catch him.

  It was a great celebration for longtime NASCAR Competitors, Buzz Chew Racing. They have worked so hard and long it was good to see Buzz and Bryon celebrating in Victory Lane . It is said that once you break through wins come in bunches. We have less than a week to see if they can do it again as we head to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Bud 150 this Wednesday.

  LEE AND WATERFORD DOUBLEHEADER - Bobby Somers shared some of his thoughts with us about his travels this past weekend; Thanks Bobby.

  On Friday night was the annual ďOllie ClassicĒ ISMA race at Lee USA Speedway. The weather was incredible full of blue sky and sunshine. Also included in tonightís events was the weekly series and Bently Warren Motorcycle ride. I think this was the largest field of motorcycleís to date that roared into LEE USA Speedway with a total of 209 bikes. It was the place to be and not a seat was to be found with cars parking on RT. 125.

  There were a total of 5 red flags tonight; two red flags for ISMA and the balance in the weekly series. All drivers walked away from their accidents, but it remains to be seen what cars can be fixed.

  Winning tonightís feature ISMA race was the very well known Jon Mckennedy. It was great being on hand tonight seeing Jon after being with him on The Valenti Modified Racing Series last few years.

  Well by the time we arrived back home and I set the alarm to head to the Speedbowlís ďWings and WheelsĒ, three hours sleep and back on the road Saturday morning. I was wondering on the way to the track what the car count would be for ISMA after several cars were badly damaged at Lee USA. When the green flag dropped there were several cars that didnít make the Lee trip and the car count was great!

  This past week in Racing we have witnessed many accidents, one very tragic accident resulting in the death of a driver. Why do we go about making our cars the best looking, but neglect to make sure we all have the right safety equipment. We put ourselves in dangerous situations on the track and have the attitude it wonít happen to me. If you canít afford to have the right equipment or are walking around with ripped fire suit, torn shoes or no neck support then itís time to throw the red flag. I would rather have every driver come out with just a primer color car and duct tape for a number and knowing you have all the right safety equipment. I have seen many drivers get pulled out of a car and the first thing you donít see is a HANS device or even a neck collar. Many drivers wear jewelry, necklaces and wedding rings etc. or even under the fire suit maybe swim shorts or a polyester t-shirt.

  A driver was killed this past week, a driver was seriously burned, and several drivers were in very bad crashes that resulted in some very serious damage to their cars. The attitude of it wonít happen to me or maybe next week I will have the money all were echoed by these drivers some where along the way in their racing career.

  We are all a racing family, whether we are new at racing or a veteran of many years we have to watch and look out for each other. If the equipment isnít right donít overlook it, bring it to their attention. When you see someone do something on the track that is a safety concern let them know after the race. We need to strengthen each other and support each other as a Racing Family, not point fingers or put the blame to someone else. In closing please keep Doug Cleveland in your prayers after he suffered serious burns this weekend at the conclusion of his race. Also keep the Ward family in your prayers as their son Kevin was killed in a very tragic situation. God Bless!

  WINGS AND WHEELS - Waterford again hosted the NEMA family as they recognized the Angelillo Family and Gene and Marilynís 30 year commitment to the series. Our Chaplain for NEMA, Tara Stoehr shared these thoughts;

  Saturday night NEMA celebrated and honored Gene and Marilyn Angelillo both dedicated their lives to NEMA for the last three decades! They touched so many lives and had a big impact in the club. I shared with Laura, Gene and Marylyn's daughter, her family and close friends two scriptures that God gave me for them;

  Deuteronomy 3:18 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged.

  Isaiah 6:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

  We had a scary moment for veteran driver Doug Cleveland of Sudbury , MA when his car caught fire at the conclusion of the race. Cleveland got out of the car quickly but not before inhaling some of the heat and suffering second degree burns to his leg. He was taken to the local hospital by the track ambulance and released later that night. Rev. Ray was on hand to pray in the ambulance with him and Rev. Ray, Chaplain Bobby Somers and myself had the privilege to pray together with Doug's wife Linda.

  We also are praying once again for Nancy Giannini - three years ago we prayed at every drivers meeting for a miracle for Nancy who had stage three cancer - God delivered and she was cancer free by the end of the season! However they have found more cancer in a different area of her body please keep her in your prayers as they continue tests and wait for answers.

  HEADED SOUTH - After the WMT race at Thompson on Wednesday we head south to Virginia International Raceway for the K&N Series. This is there second road course in a row, as last week they joined the Cup and Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen.

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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: August 14, 2014

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