The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  Racing for fun or for a living is stressful. The nature of the deal is that our life is on the edge. When you are at the track everything seems to run at 100 miles an hour. It is racing after all. It’s supposed to move fast. Maybe it is a good time to remember we all need a time out. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  The racing world does not corner the market on stress and frustration. The world we live in has been described as a rat race. Did you ever find yourself wondering why you do what you do?

  Many times in life the thought crosses our mind concerning our motivation. Why do we do this? Why am I here? When we get to that point it is good to step back and take a look at things. Time to let things slow down and take a time out. Take a step out of your routine and look for a place to rest and collect your thoughts. Jesus is that place.

  Jesus came to save us. From what you ask, from us. We fill our lives with so much stuff that the stuff starts to win out. We develop a lifestyle that feeds off itself. We start finding ourselves needing to do this, this and this in order to maintain our lifestyle. It becomes overwhelming and we just keep on going trying to stay one-step ahead, for what? So we can live?

  My time in Haiti has given me a unique perspective on life and living. Nothing is as important as it seems at the time. Life can go on without the “things” we have. Even in the absence of running water and electricity an abundant life is possible. Living is not about the circumstances that surround us, it is about the condition of our heart and soul.

  I am not sure many people would classify what they do as living. They may say surviving, but not living. We all have a vision of what living is and we are not there yet. But take a time out, is your goal more stuff or are we trying to find that joy and peace God offers?

  In his poem, The Station, Hastings talks about the vision, “when we get there”. Where? A new house, car, home, kids through school, promotion, win a race. We never get there. Our vision is never satisfied. He writes further to say it is not the destination, but the journey that we must focus on. That is why Jesus makes this offer in Matthew:

Matthew 11:28-29, nlt, Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle,
and you will find rest for your souls.

  Is your soul restless? Is your life upside down? Jesus provides for each one of us the security of a destination. If we accept Him we will be with him for eternity. Destination settled, now about the journey.

  At Thompson Speedway under the big tree in turn one is a bench. It was given to Rev. Pat in honor of his service helping racers on their journey. The message is simple, come unto me and rest. Time out, park it on the bench, adjust your focus. Spend some time with Jesus and seek His will for your life. When we ask, seek and knock, it will be provided for us within the will of God.

  Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7:7-12; "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything,
do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

  When we take a step back from the challenges of our life we realize that we do not have to win the race, our Savior has already won that race. We can adjust our focus and look around us and participate in the journey. Along that road we now have the ability to reach out and help one another. We can show people the source of life, true living. We need to, as Jesus said, be humble and gentle. This will give us the opportunity to know what true living is all about. That peace and joy we receive will change our entire perspective.

  David writes in Psalm twenty-three,

Psalm 23 1-3, The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

  Take a time out and seek the Lord. In Jesus we have everything we need; spend some time with Him, walk with Him and let Him renew your strength.


  SK5K - I have said it before and I’ll say it again, some of the best racing I have seen in the last few years has taken place in the SK Mod division at Stafford Motor Speedway. If you haven’t made the effort to be there, you have missed some exciting action.

  The $5,000 to win SK event last weekend only added to the story. Some of the best modified drivers around gathered to contest over what would be a 100 green flag laps. The eventual winner was not without challenges. A broken distributer in practice left the #6 team of Ryan Preece scrambling to get ready for the main event. With no time to practice he was given a few laps during the SK Lite main to see if things were okay.

  I talked with Ryan and he shared that that wasn’t the only challenge they faced this week. They had intended on putting a newly refreshed engine in for the big race but it wasn’t ready. The problem was the car was prepped and waiting. So they did do an engine change during the week, except it was the same engine that was disconnected and connected!

  Having to start at the rear was the first hurdle. Getting caught up in an early race tangle, going airborne for the second time this year was the second. Maybe a new nickname is in order? Again it was back to the rear of the field.

  The third hurdle came when he lost a radiator hose. The bad part of that is it collected the cars of Dan Avery and Mike Christopher Jr. As they tried to clean up the mess on the track repairs were made and Preece was relegated to the back of the field again. Racing his way into the lead led to the final hurdle, Justin Bonsignore and Keith Rocco. Both were breathing down his neck, side-by-side, nose to tail. You could see Preece’s car giving up. Yellow flag for a spin in turn four!

  Talking with Bonsignore after the race he shared that he didn’t need that last caution. His car was just coming in and he had something for Preece. Without the caution he was confident he could have overtaken Preece for the win. Judging by the look of disappointment on Keith Rocco’s face he also had something for the 6 car but didn’t have a chance to show it.

  Watching a driver come from the rear of the field three times in a race is exciting, but in addition to that the entire field raced side by side in packs of five and six for the entire race. Yes, there were a few missteps from some drivers in the lead pack that made for some interesting conversations and debates. The fact remains this was a very entertaining event!

  NHMS - This week sees us headed to the Granite State for a triple header, Two Whelen Mod Tour races and one K&N. We will be staying in the competitors lot with the RWJM RV thanks to Steve and Trudy Craig, stop by and say hello.

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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: July 17, 2015

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