The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  As we approach Fatherís Day I think back, My dad is not with us anymore, but his influence will never leave me. What does it means to have someone care about us? I wondered how many of us have a passion for something because our father put it there. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  I remembered the first time I went to a racetrack, it was in the late 60ís and my dad brought me to Stafford Motor Speedway. I was your typical seven year old, I didnít sit still, wanted everything the concession stand had to offer and watching the racing was secondary. I do remember wanting to go back.

  The race that cemented my interest in the sport happened one summer night a few years later at Catamount Speedway in Vermont. Bobby Dragon and Jean-Paul Cabana dueled for the entire feature. As they came out of turn four one car erupted in flames. They rolled to a stop just past the start/finish line. One driver trying to escape the flames and the other driver was halfway out of his car with a fire extinguisher in his hand to help. These two had just fought tooth and nail with for the win, but were willing to help one another. What a show of sportsmanship.

  The part that really hooked me though was when the racing was finished we went through the gate at the start/finish line and walked into the pits. I had a chance to see the drivers and their cars up close and personal. I was in awe, theses guys were larger than life and that night left an impression that has fueled my feeling about racing to this day.

  I have my father to thank for that. My dad didnít live too long, he passed when I was fifteen, but during the time we had together he taught me a tremendous amount about life and how to live it. I think every parent only wants that opportunity, the opportunity to pass on their passion to their children. To teach them what and how this life should be lived.

  Think about the relationship that cemented your desire to go to the track. Think about the relationship that put the passion in your heart for racing. The passing on of our passions and lessons learned is the way God ordained the generations. We have a responsibility to teach our children. When we leave them they should be able to rely on the things they learned at their fatherís knee.

  Jesus was no different, he taught his disciples the things they needed to continue on after he was gone. As he talked with His disciples, His sons, about His upcoming death He provided them words of assurance and direction.

  John 14:1-6; ďDo not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

  Jesus is preparing a place for us in His Fatherís house, Heaven. He will come and claim what belongs to Him and we will be there with Him. We do not have to live separate from our heavenly Father. We know the way; Jesus Christ. Let Jesus instill a passion in your heart for living in a way that would please your heavenly Father. Jesus is that way, that truth, that life.

  We are not always allowed the benefit of our earthly fatherís presence. For some it is a short time. We must learn from that and not waste the time we are given to us to teach our children what they need to know.

  On the other hand our Heavenly Father is by our side every step of the way, He is there to seek guidance and wisdom from. He provides comfort and peace in our times of struggle. Spend some time this weekend at dadís place. He will meet you there and rejoice at your coming home.


  LEE USA - Bobby and Vinetta Somers share some thoughts as the season gets going.

  Well race three is in the books for LEE USA SPEEDWAY for the 2015 season. This night was special for the small block supers in memory of Jay Merryfield. On the way to the track I was reflecting on the many times Vinetta and I had conversation with Jay every Friday. There hasnít been a Friday since Jays passing two years ago, that I step out under the bridge onto the track and can picture Jay driving around the track in his push truck. We would stand in turn four, Jay would be driving around with all the windows down come driving by us and yell out the window ďYou have a minuteĒ. After several more laps of Jay going around the track I would ask Vinetta ďI thought he wanted to talk with usĒ?

  This was a weekly event and we would laugh. Vinetta and I made a game out of trying to figure out how many more laps you think Jay will do before he stops this time. Well Jay made one final lap at Lee USA Speedway enjoying pushing off the Small Block Supers two years ago before going home to the Lord.

  We get asked on several occasions what it is like being a chaplain at a race track. I pause and tell them this, all the racing is secondary and the time we can spend with the teams, officials and fans is our priority. Just as the relationship with Jesus is important in our lives the same is true for all at the track. Donít get me wrong I enjoy racing, but leaving a track that day or evening knowing we were able to sit and chat, help comfort someone in a tough time, or lift them up in prayer makes it worth the effort. To have the memories of sharing a conversation just as we did with Jay.

  When Jay would finally stop for us to chat, he would say ďI just needed to do a few more lapsĒ and would chuckle. Jay finished his laps, ran his race and was handed the checkered flag to come home. We are looking forward to building more life changing relationships. That is the reason we do what we do.

  Looking ahead, on June 19th the Valenti Modified Racing Series comes to Lee USA Speedway along with a full schedule of the weekly series. All weekly divisions at Lee USA have been incredibly competitive early on in the season. It looks to be an interesting pointís battle for 2015. Come by and say hi and sit a spell.

  WMT CLOSES OUT BUSY 12 DAYS - Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park the Whelen Modified Tour closed out a busy stretch in the schedule. No trifecta here, Doug Coby broke the streak of Ryan Preece and took home a dominate win. The three winners on the Tour this year are packed at the top of the standings separated by just a few points. Stay tuned this is shaping up to be a barn burner!

  BOSTON LOUIE - Looking ahead to Wednesday, July 1, 2015, make plans to join us for the Boston Louie at Seekonk. Part of the Open Wheel Wednesday Show. Ken Schrader, Bentley Warren and some friends will be stopping by. It is sure to be a highlight of this racing season.

  Remember to honor your father this weekend, not just your earthly dad, but your heavenly Father also. May make time to visit Dadís House on Sunday morning. If you are in the area Mount Carmel Christian Church is where youíll find me, stop by and join us.

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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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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: June 19, 2015

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