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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   11/26/2014

THANKSGIVING
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. A time to look at all we have and humble ourselves before a gracious God. We donít always get what we want and we donít always understand the plans God has for us, but we can be confident that he loves and cares for us. How has God cared for you this past year? Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Thanksgiving is a time for sharing. I see it in the lives of others as they give of themselves to help those less fortunate. A family stopped into our shop one day; a husband, wife, son and daughter picked up some hot drinks and muffins for the road. They were headed to pack up their Suburban and deliver Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. There was more to the story.

  This Suburban is 1970ís vintage and as I talked with the dad he told the story of the previous year. He worked all night rebuilding the rear-end so that they could keep their commitment and make deliveries. They made it and those who were collecting the food were thankful. No matter what obstacle had to be overcome they would be there. They received such a blessing they gave up their Saturday and delivered baskets again this year.

  I think all of our hearts start to soften up a little bit when the holidays roll around. I am not sure what hardens them the rest of the year but I know we are more generous and willing to give. It is somewhat funny; when the weather gets cold our hearts soften up.

  One of the main reasons we have to be thankful is that we have God who cares for us. He is there; despite what we think, guiding those who will follow His lead through life. He is providing for our needs. I am reminded of Paulís statement in Scripture about his level of comfort with Godís provision. He stated that he had learned to be content no matter whether he had enough or was in need. Just knowing that God was with him allowed him to relax and focus on serving others. My hope is that we can each attain that peace.

  Listen to what David writes in Psalm 100 about giving thanks to God;

  Psalm 100, A psalm. For giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

  David reminds us of why we should give thanks to God; He is good, He loves us forever and He is faithful throughout the generations. We find hope in those words. Not an empty hope but a hope that will enable us to live, to love and care for others knowing all the time that God has us covered.

  I want to encourage you this Thanksgiving to let go. Let go of all the things you have to do and follow the leading of your heart. Give this holiday season to God and let Him lead you by the Holy Spirit. Paul gives us this encouragement;

1Thesolonians 5:16-19, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

  Have a great time relaxing and serving others this thanksgiving. God Bless, Rev. Don.
 

  THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  UNEXPECTED RECOGNITION - We put forth most of our efforts behind the scenes, out of the spotlight. That is okay with us, our purpose isnít to be the center of attention, but it is to meet people where they are and walk alongside as they face the challenges of life. Sometimes they surprise us with a shot of encouragement.

  At the Lee USA Speedway Banquet the track, officials and competitors let their feelings for Bobby and Vinetta Somers, the RWJM Chaplains at the track, be known. It came as a complete surprise to them as they were called up to receive an award of appreciation for their contribution to the racing done at Lee and the help they provide for everyone.

  RWJM is thankful for the dedication of Bobby and Vinetta as they freely give of themselves to touch the lives of others. Thank You for serving. We are so thankful for all our Chaplains who give of themselves each week in service to others.

  Recognition wasnít reserved for just our Chaplains, Melissa Fifield, rookie driver on the Whelen Modified Tour and unabashed Christian received the most popular driver award for the 2014 season on the tour.

  It isnít an uncommon sight on social media to see the request for votes and support. I donít recall seeing one from Melissa. Her gentle spirit doesnít immediately cause you to think she is a racecar driver. She always has a smile and is willing to take time and talk.

  It is refreshing to celebrate the recognition of those who serve others without looking for the spotlight. Thank you to all who make the effort to encourage others every day.

 
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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: November 26, 2014

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