Have you ever felt like a gerbil running on a never-ending wheel? Many times
life is a blur, moving at a speed that is difficult to keep up with. We find
ourselves being swallowed up. Time to stop, put on the brakes, and slow
down. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
For us Dover usually means a double header weekend. This year we traveled
back Friday night to be at Stafford for the weekend. I remember one year we
had Dover on Friday and Martinsville on the weekend. There is no quick way
to get from Dover to Martinsville !
This year Dover was condensed to one day as practice was washed out on
Thursday. Have you ever seen twelve hours go as fast as it does on race day?
The hours turn into minutes, the minutes into seconds and before you know it
the checkered flag has fallen and itís time to pack up and head home. Time
just seems to fly by.
This is especially true when you are fixing a tech issue and trying to
get out for the one and only practice session. Or when you are chasing the
setup or trying to repair some damage. The next thing you hear is the call
for your heat or feature. Where does the time go?
We experience similar events in our daily lives. We wake up, get going
and before you know it, the day is over. Where does the time go? The Season
just started and now it is in the books. There are a few things to finish up
but Champions have been crowned and we have started looking forward to next
year. It hit me yesterday at the track when some one said, ďsee you next
I look at the photos of my children and remember the times that went by
all too quickly. Now with one married and the other two out of the house I
find myself wondering if I spent enough time with them. I wonder if I have
taught them the right way, the way of God.
It seems to me that we get caught up in things that seem important, we
think they need to get done, but in hindsight they were not the most
important. I received an important piece of advice from a good friend once,
ďIf itís going to matter in 300 years itís alright to worry about, if it is
not donít waste the time worrying.Ē
We can be guilty of placing importance on things that are not truly
important. We lose our sense of priorities. We worry about things that we do
not need to worry about. We consume our time trying to change or influence
things we cannot. We have an agenda and when it doesnít go the way we want
it to we worry about what will happen next. Jesus asked us a question:
Matthew 6:27, Who of you by worrying can add a
single hour to his life?
Do you know the answer? Some times we think we can change the events
of tomorrow if we worry about them enough. We canít. The answer, no one can.
So why do we do it? We have trouble believing that God really has it all
under control. We think He needs some help. STOP, put on the brakes, live
the life God has planned for you because it will be gone in a flash.
God promises us that He will provide for our needs. He has it all under
control. We need only to trust Him with all of our heart. Listen to the
promise God shares with us through the Prophet Jeremiah,
Jeremiah 29:11-13, For I know the plans I have
for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
There is too much life
to live to be enslaved to the rat race. Try to avoid getting so busy with
things that we forget about what God wants us to do. We get so busy trying
to survive we forget to take time to look around at what others are going
through, what others need. God promises to provide what we need to survive.
God wants us to focus on what others are going through and instead of
focusing on ourselves.
plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and
pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
If you have put your trust in yourself or others then you will be
disappointed. Even if you accomplish everything you want you will still be
missing something. It is God and God alone that can give you abundant life.
Fulfillment in life comes only through Jesus Christ. No matter what we have,
what we accomplish, what social standing we achieve, it will be incomplete
without a saving knowledge of God through Jesus.
Donít get consumed by the pressure to get things done. The line of the
song says, ďLifeís too long to live like this.Ē Focus on what is truly
important, on what will affect eternity. Focus on the things of God. Live in
such a way as to be sensitive to the leading of God. Step off the gerbilís
wheel and stop running so fast that life is a blur, slow down and let things
happen. Put on the brakes. Watch for where God is working and join Him
Psalm 118:24, This is the day the LORD has
made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
CLOSES OUT THEIR SEASON - What many thought would be a marathon of a day
turned out to be quite an achievement for the crew at Waterford . Many times
we lament the length of a racing program and the inefficiencies we see as
the team at the track tries to herd cats. Well we also need to say; Job Well
Done!Ē Hats off to the Waterford Speedbowl crew who ran all their features
from their two-day show on Sunday, including two touring divisions, after
Saturday was washed out and got folks out of there before 8:00pm. Great Job.
Local racer Keith Rocco won the Valenti Modified Racing Series event over
Tommy Barrett. Maybe local knowledge helped? It was great to see the smile
of his son and wife with him in Victory Lane , those are precious moments.
LEE USA NEXT UP FOR VMRS - Oktoberfest weekend is upon us with 18
divisions on for October 10-12th. The Valenti Modified Racing Series joins
with almost every division in New England to race at Lee USA Speedway.
This is a reminder that Chapel Service will be held at 10:30am Sunday Oct
12th, (Approx 25 minute service). Chapel Service is open to all in the
grandstands to participate.
What a great way to start the day in the open sunshine at Chapel Service.
So pack up the family and know you attend church right at Lee USA and not
miss any racing action following Chapel Service.
SUNOCO WORLD SERIES OF AUTO RACING - Following the festivities at
Lee USA we head to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to close out the local
racing season. NEMA, VMRS and NWMT will all be in action that weekend. Be
sure to make plans to include one of these season ending extravaganzas in
your racing plans, it is a long time until February.
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