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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   10/08/2014


GONE IN A FLASH
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  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 year.Ē

  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,
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.

  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.

  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 there.

Psalm 118:24, This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  WATERFORD 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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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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Posted: October 8, 2014

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