The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  It has been a challenging few weeks for the racing community. Not only have there been many challenges coming in every direction, we also have the past on our minds, remembering friends. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  This past week is a challenging one for me personally. August in 2004 and 2007 still linger in my mind. I know the race has been run but I long for a different outcome. I think about the impression left on me by two influential but different modified drivers. One I didn’t have time to get close to, the other was a closer relationship, but not close enough.

  As I sat in the Track Safety Meeting last Wednesday night my mind flashed back to races past and the difficulty we faced. I was comforted to hear of the contingency plans in place to minimize any delay in getting the medical help to the scene in the event of unforeseen occurrences.

  Allow me to reminisce;

  What started with anticipation of another great race ended with a vacancy in our hearts. The reality of our sport is all too clear sometimes and all too painful. We are forced to deal with a tragic loss.

  John III was a friend. He was someone who had a passion to race. You didn’t have to spend much time with him to know what made him tick. He wanted to race, not just race but win. John was a racer, a racer’s racer.

  I remember talking with him a few weeks before that race. We were talked about racing; what he drove, who he drove for and what he looked forward to driving. We talked about racing. As I recall that’s pretty much all we talked about. Yes, there were the polite; how are you doing, how’s things at home, how’s Grandpa, but mostly racing. His smile shone through, and his motto, he would drive anything that had a shot at winning. He shared with me how much fun he had driving a Super and how he was looking forward to driving one again at Oswego.

  He always had a special place for Wall Stadium, filled with race fans like the glory days he remembered. Wall represented a tremendous amount of history for the Blewett family, both good and bad. As many times as he said he hated the place it was never too far from his heart. It was fitting to remember him there during the Saturday night racing program. As we walked off the track I looked up and the stands were full.

  So many thoughts run through our heads, we have difficulty putting things together. We want to wake up and have it be a bad dream. When there is such a loss in our lives the hole that is left leaves us feeling incomplete. Something is missing. It is.

  John was a friend, mentor, competitor and racer. The void we have is because we had a relationship with him. He meant something to us. We knew him. We talked with him, we hung out with him, we watched him grow, we watched him become the man he was, we watched him race and we raced with him. We knew his passions and his dreams. We witnessed his life. The void exists because he was a part of our life.

  If we just knew of him his loss wouldn’t hurt. We could just move on and remove it from our memory. It hurts because we did know him. The closer we were to him the more it hurts. We want that piece of our lives back!

Philippians 1:3, I thank my God every time I remember you.

  The way we rebuild is by filling that void, filling it with the memories of how John touched our lives. Relive the precious moments. Retell the racing stories. Remember his generosity. Remember how he showed you he cared. Let his spirit live on in our actions. Let the way he lived change the way we live.

II Corinthians 5:7, We live by faith, not by sight.

  We don’t always understand what the future holds and how the events of this past will affect our lives. One thing is true it will never be the same again. We need to continue on and show people what friendship means to us. We need to fill the void in our lives by helping others carry on. On a plaque in Jimmy’s trophy room it said “The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.” That’s how we will get through this, one day at a time.

  Life is short and we are only here for such a small time. I encourage you to take that time to reach out and touch someone’s life. Scripture tells us the way to do that is by acting like God. Paul writes in Galatians the character we should reflect.

Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

  We ask God to comfort us and help us through difficult times. We lean on His mercy and grace. We place the future in His hands and take life one moment at a time. We ask Him not to let us get complacent and put things off until it is too late. Show someone how much you love them, care for someone regardless of whether they deserve it and live as if this is your last day on earth. Blessings.

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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: August 21, 2015

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