As we continue to examine some common questions a couple came to mind.
Who do we place our trust in? Who do we have faith in? In our lives we put
our trust and faith in many things. Sometimes we are not aware of how much
we trust others. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
How do we determine who is trustworthy and faithful? For most of us
experience is the method we use. We determine the answer to the question by
putting trust and faith in something or someone until they prove to be not
worthy of it.
In racing we put our trust in many people; our crew, other drivers, track
safety workers, officials. We sometimes trust so much we put ourselves at
risk without even knowing it. We need to take a look at the things we trust
in life and racing.
There was a situation at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks that
brought this home in a shocking way. A Late Model competitor spun into the
third turn, backed into the wall and a fire broke out. The fire engulfed the
entire car and destroyed it. The driver was able to escape safely but the
car was destroyed.
The situation wasnít something that happens every day but racetracks and
personnel should be prepared for anything. The competitors should be able to
trust that. Looking at the photos of the scene it was apparent that this
wasnít the case.
Another situation at a race proved different. In Trenton there was a bad
crash involving an injury to the driver. This was a temporary facility setup
for indoor racing but the crew and safety people were prepared. They had all
the equipment they needed to secure the driver and not cause further injury
extracting him from the car.
We need to evaluate the situations we put our trust in, especially when
it is a life and death situation. Have we been putting our trust and faith
in things that have proved unworthy?
As I waited at a stop sign the other day I thought, does that person look
like they are going to stop or should I wait? It hit me that every day we
put our trust in the hands of others. People we donít even know are
entrusted with our lives. We take so much for granted. When you stop and
think about the level of trust we put in others it is overwhelming. Whose
hands have you entrusted your life with?
Some people say that to trust in Jesus is foolish, you canít see him, and
how do you know he exists? Some say that to trust in Jesus means you are
weak and cannot stand on your own. Others say it is silly to have faith in
something that you canít talk to, touch or feel. Why is it that we are
willing to trust so many things in our life that will eventually fail, but
we are unwilling to trust the one person in all the world that will never
The writer of Hebrews explains the meaning of faith for us;
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not
God has plans for our life. He has planned out everything. David
Scott puts it this way;
Today may seem like an accident. But, believe it or not, I actually know
what is going on, and I have everything under control. Really. So, donít
freak out. It was my idea. It seems crazy, I know. Iíll explain later. Just
do what you can and Iíll take care of the rest.
P.S. If you have any questions, Iíll be here if you need me.
Are we ready to put our trust and faith in the only person worthy of
trust, Jesus Christ? Are we ready to take direction from God and live our
life in a way that honors Him? These are the questions we need to ask
ourselves. These are things we need to consider before we put our faith in
What keeps us from putting our trust and faith in God? The writer of
Hebrews again helps us with some things to consider.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
There are three words in this verse that we need to look at hinder,
entangle and perseverance. These three let us know that the road to putting
your faith and trust in God has some obstacles. Hindrances come from our own
mind; decisions we make that donít honor God. They create circumstances that
we were not meant to experience. They distract us from finding God.
Entanglements take the hindrances to their natural conclusion. This
happens when we try to fix things ourselves. We canít. We end up sinning.
Sin separates us from God.
That leaves perseverance, we need to work through the obstacles we face
and not give up. God has a plan for us, a good plan, but that doesnít mean
there wonít be tests and trials. Perseverance means we make it through as we
put our trust and faith in God.
Letís make a commitment to put our faith in God through Jesus. Let God
lead us through our lives. Have a great week.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WHO TURNED OFF THE HEAT? I guess the
forties in Florida were great compared to what awaited us back in
Connecticut. I think I am going back. We had an eventful ride home. We tried
to adjust our route around the ice and snow but that was not possible. We
spent the night in southern Virginia after witnessing a car leaving the road
into the median. That proved to be the smart choice.
When we continued the journey north we saw several tractor trailers
overturned and stuck in the median on I-81. We also saw several cars that
met the same fate along with evidence of many more off-road excursions. God
helped us avoid that potential fate when I overcame my pride and pulled off
for the night.
I apologize for the delay in getting this out but when we returned home
there were a few things that required attention. We had running water in the
living room, no water in the bathroom and water running from places it
shouldnít in the kitchen sink. After shoveling the roof, thawing out the
pipes and changing the kitchen faucet I think we are ready for spring!
But we are back in the freezer awaiting springtime. I guess this is why
some head south for a few months. I saw some great racing, enough to carry
me for a few weeks. Letís hope the Icebreaker is just that and opens the
racing season here in the Great White North!
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