As you may know I was away on vacation in Maine visiting my wifeís folks.
During that time I became very sick, a high fever among other things. I am
thankful for a good support staff to help out. This week Rev. Ray wanted to
share some thoughts with you. Greetings in the name of the Lord and Savior,
As we are coming to the end of another racing season, many things go
through our minds. We contemplate many things yet undecided. We also rethink
the season past; where am I in the points race; what do I need to do to make
it to the end; will we have enough resources; what can I do to boost my
point standing? Worry is a key component in all of this, and it is natural.
Many times we struggle to contain our worry and anxiety as it relates to
things beyond our control. The races we have run are just that; run. No
amount of rehashing will change the outcome. The races yet to come are the
ones we need to focus on, not worry about, but focus on.
The thought for this week, comes from the Apostle Paul writing to the
Philippians 4:4-8 (NLT); Always be full of joy
in the Lord. I say it againórejoice!
Notice a couple of things; Godís Peace is beyond anything we can ever
imagine and it guards us. There is a peace that comes from knowing Jesus
Christ. That peace allows us to remain calm even when our temperature is
rising. It guards us from getting too hot and blowing our top.
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord
is coming soon.
Donít worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what
you need, and thank him for all he has done.Ē
As we trust the Lord to lead and guide us, worry is wrong thinking; it is
like an inside job by the enemy,
satan, to draw us away from God. Reading further; ďThen you will experience
which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts
and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on
what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent
and worthy of praise.Ē
By choosing to be a thermostat we set our temperature at a certain level
and forget it. We stay content. But if we choose to be a thermometer and let
everything get us hot under the collar we lose that peace. We can let the
anxiety of the next race, or bad memories of the bent frame, torn up sheet
metal in the last race affect our behavior.
If we let the human temperature affect our behavior we will be frustrated
again and again. However, if we choose to let the Lord keep us cool and
calm, the result will be much better, and more gratifying.
Many times we need a cool off period, thatís why we are told not to enter
someone elseís pit for a period of time after the race. We are passionate
about what we do. When that passion overflows our temperature goes through
the roof. We explode and the peace that comes from God is no where to be
As the points race heats up make a commitment not to lose your cool. Make
a commitment to allow Godís peace to rule your life and set your thermostat.
Donít let your temperature rise above that.
Romans 8:28 (TLB); And we know that all that
happens to us is working for our good
As we come down to the last few races this season, stop and think for a
minute; how am I going to let the frustrations and worries of the season,
affect my finishes this year. Allow the Lord to shape your plans and
thinking by setting the thermostat on His Word, and He will Guard you and
Guide you. God Bless; Rev. Ray
if we love God and are fitting into his plans.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
CRUISE WITH GOOD FRIENDS - We made the most of our adventure to
Riverhead this past Saturday. Yes, the weather didnít cooperate and the race
was canceled, but we had a good ride over on the boat and were able to take
the boat back home. Thank you to Polly Reid and Howie Hodge for making it a
most enjoyable trip. The racing family is great isnít it?
NEXT UP NHMS FOR THE WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - We make a return visit
to New Hampshire this Friday and Saturday with the Mod Squad, hoping for
another classic. They have us slated to run mid-afternoon on Saturday, a
different time slot for us, but it should allow more fans to come and watch
without the pressure of finishing before the truck race goes live.
COMING TO A CLOSE - As the season winds down we want to thank all
those who had a hand in making 2014 a success for RWJM, there are countless
volunteers behind the scenes that make this happen. Also thank you to the
many understanding spouses and families that support us and pray for us as
we serve the Lord. Thank you also to everyone who has partnered with us
financially, we certainly couldnít do this without you.
As the season come to a close we find ourselves with a shortfall, if you
are led by the Lord to help that would be great, it would be a blessing to
go into the off-season with a positive balance.
Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals
and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at
http://www.rwjm.com/store. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter
what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Remember that
God loves you, we love you and
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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