As I was away last week Rev Dan And Rev. Ray have both shared their
thoughts. This week I will use Rev. Dan’s and next week Rev. Rays. Thanks
guys for filling in for me. Did you know that by going to chapel service and
listening to the preacher can help you win races? Greetings in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ!
Got your attention - didn't I? Well this actually happened several years
ago at a race track down south. Our scripture reading in chapel service
that day was found in 1 Samuel 24:1-11.
1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told,
This passage of scripture reminds us of a young man named David who was told
that he would be king, but had to wait for God's timing. The problem was the
present king, Saul, wanted his son Jonathan to take over the throne when he
"David is in the Desert of En Gedi ." 2 So Saul took three thousand chosen
men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags
of the Wild Goats.
3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went
in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The
men said, "This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, `I will
give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then
David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.
5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of
his robe. 6 He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a
thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he
is the anointed of the LORD." 7 With these words David rebuked his men and
did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
8 Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, "My lord the
king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself
with his face to the ground. 9 He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men
say, `David is bent on harming you'? 10 This day you have seen with your own
eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to
kill you, but I spared you; I said, `I will not lift my hand against my
master, because he is the LORD's anointed.' 11 See, my father, look at this
piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not
kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or
rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my
David was Jonathan's best friend and Saul was mad. He thought that David
wanted to kill him to take over the throne. His anger boiled over so much
that he made it his mission to kill David. David took some trusted friends
with him and left town and lived in the wilderness. Saul gathered an army
together and went to hunt David down and end his life.
David and his men saw Saul coming so they hid out in a cave. It just so
happens that Saul had to take care of some business alone in that cave.
David's friends urged him - go ahead, now is your chance - kill Saul and
then you will become king. David wanted to be patient and he listened to
God. He wanted to be king in God's timing, not his own.
He knew that Saul was the anointed king at that time and was willing to
go the slow steady pace instead of racing ahead of God. David respected Saul
and his position. Instead of killing Saul, David cut off a piece of his robe
and went back in hiding with his friends.
When Saul was finished and left the cave, David emerged and shouted "My
Lord the King!" Saul turned and David bowed before him to show respect. Then
he said why do you listen to those who say I am going to kill you - I had
the opportunity, but did not. He said that he will not harm him because he
is God's anointed one for that time and then he held up the piece of his
robe that he had cut off. If we read on later in the chapter, we see that
Saul had a change of heart and realized that David should be the next king.
It's God's timing that is the best, not our own.
You must now be asking, how does this help me win races? I related this
whole story to a long race. We all get excited when the green flag waves and
take off as fast as we can. We end up using up our tires and brakes in the
beginning because we are pushing so hard.
If you listen to some of the winners, they have a little secret. You are
not going to win the race in the beginning. You have to pace yourself - save
the car, be cautious to stay out of someone else's wrecks. Hang around the
top 15 or so in the early stages of the race. As the race winds down, that
is when you make your move. You have more car then your competitors.
This actually happened. This particular racer was at chapel. He hung
around the lead lap until about 30 to go. At that point he made his push. He
had more car than his competition. He passed cars with relative ease. He
took the lead with a couple of laps to go and won. I went up to him after
the race and said - I didn't know you were listening at chapel – he
responded to me that "It's starting to pay off dividends."
The dividends this racer received from going to chapel service was a lot
more than winning races. He received words from God each time he came. One
of the things he learned was that we need to be patient and use God's timing
in our lives - not our own. This is a lesson that each of us can use in our
daily lives. God bless you as you wait on his timing, not ours.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
HARDWARE SECURED BEFORE DOVER - With one race left in the 2014 K&N Pro
Series East the title has been awarded. Ben Rhoades with his fourth place
finish secured the top spot in his rookie season. This Generation Next
driver is looking forward to bigger and better things. Congratulations to
the whole Turner Scott Motorsports Team.
MODS HEAD BACK TO RIVERHEAD - This Saturday we make a return trip
to the Island . Not the big island but the little island of NASCAR racing
that remains on Long Island . It is hard to ignore the march of time all
around this ¼ mile bullring. When you pull into the lot you step back
several years in time. Let’s hope for a classic Riverhead race.
PIPESMOKE REVISITS THE PARK - John “Pipesmoke” Kokolski sent in
some comments from the Riverside Park Reunion that I wanted to pass along.
John’s history with RWJM goes back many years, he and Rev. Pat spent many an
hour talking about life and the challenges it presents. Here are some of
Sorry you were out of town for this one, but it was a great time. Al Fini
and the gang did a great job and the venue was perfect. We were set up
inside. Not a big sales day, but sometimes you just do not care. It was more
important to be there. The legends of "The Park" were out in force both
inside and outside the building. Most of my racing activities did not
involve Riverside . I was a Seekonk/ Westboro/Thompson guy. Nice to see
Brooksie, R.A. and several old friends and former customers. If they do it
again, it will be a do not miss event. John
HERB BALL SR .- A few weeks back I mentioned an incident in the
pits at Star and how someone jumped right in to help with CPR. I now have
some additional details. The man who had the difficulty was Herb Ball Sr.,
94, Hall of Fame Inductee @ Claremont Speedway , “Unofficial” Crew Chief for
his son Rusty Ball. Herb passed away at Mass General the next day. He leaves
his family, his three children Herbert Ball Jr., and wife Ann, of Keene;
Marilyn Conley, and husband David, of Marlow and Bruce Ball, and wife
Kristine, of Keene; his eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; his
siblings Elizabeth Ball of Elmira, NY, Ruth Ball of Keene; Lois Porter of
Keene, Patricia Faria of Keene; Edith Hasbrouck of Gilsum, Judy Currier of
Winchendon, MA, Gertrude Haynes of Swanzey, Shirley Dunton of Seville, FL,
Gerry Witoshynsky of Pembroke Pines, FL, William Ball of Cranston, RI and
Samuel Ball of Farmington, CT; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
grandnephews. His wife Alice Ball, siblings Weston Ball, Sarah Ball and John
Ball all died earlier.
UNSUNG HEROES - What is it that keeps you going back to your
favorite track? Many times it is the people; the unsung heroes that go the
extra mile to make your visit special. I received a note thanking one such
person at Stafford Motor Speedway. I want to encourage you to say something
to those that make your time at the track special. Let them know how much
you appreciate their service.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
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