The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  The Fall Season is one of change, one of harvesting the fruits of our labor, one of slowing down and reflecting on the days gone by. For me the smells of fall bring back many memories, some good and some not so good. Allow me to reflect on a few things. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  I come from a long line of farmers. Fall on a farm is a busy time. As I was riding the other day I took in the smell of fresh silage. The harvest had begun and preparations for the upcoming winter were in full swing. I remember watching the silage pile grow, each load raised it higher. Tractors piled it high, all set to be covered.

  As I rode further the smell of concord grapes filled my senses, jam season. I remember the putting up of preserves for the winter. This year we made some of our own. We nurtured some grape vines in our back yard. The smell of the ripening fruit filled the air. My wife made some grape jam, her favorite. The smells in the kitchen brought me back to the time of days gone by, days when to world was so big and opportunities abounded.

  Farmers aren’t the only ones who enjoy fall. It is a time for the racing community to look back on the season, relive the victories, and learn from the defeats. We look back over the things we strived to accomplish and evaluate our efforts. We laugh, cry, smile and frown, many emotions rise to the surface as we reflect.

  Reflective thoughts bring us back, we think about where we came from and the road traveled to get here. As I thought about all the places and experiences I shared I wondered how much had I learned. I wondered; had I found the secret? Have I found peace? There is a verse in Scripture that came to mind;

Romans12:2; Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  Somewhere we need to find God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Our attitude needs to be in direct contrast to some observed in the pits. Our minds not set on Earthly things, but on things above.

  We all need to do a little transformation. We all need to think a little differently. With that in mind I thought we would have a little fun this week.received an email titled “Reflections from the Seat of My Tractor". Read them, reflect on them, smile and laugh, it is good for the soul.

  “The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

  “Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

  “Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”

  “Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”

  “Words that soak into your ears are whispered…....not yelled.”

  “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.”

  “The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.”

  “A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”

  “Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

  “You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

  “Every path has a few puddles.”

  “Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.”

  “Don't judge folks by their relatives.

  “Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

  “Always drink upstream from the herd.”

  “Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.”

  “If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.”

  “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”

  “Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.”

  “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”

  Reflecting on the past is a good way to inspire us in the future. Always remember where we come from, the road we took to get here and the path that leads home. Then we will have a good basis for where we need to go in the future, the path that leads to tomorrow.


  WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR BEGINS THE STRETCH RUN - We return to NHMS this week to start the three race run to the championship. Three different tracks will require a versatile team to secure the title. No advantage there, the two gunning for the title have plenty of experience at all three. In fact both have tasted championships at the final two, Stafford and Thompson. Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat are separated by one slim point. It is sure to be a great finish! We can’t leave out Doug Coby and Todd Szegedy, they sit in third and fourth respectively, still within striking distance.

  I enjoy looking at the standings and seeing the top four knowing they all hail from my home state, cut their teeth at the local track I call home and have elevated their game to the best of the best. Coby has two titles, Preece and Szegedy one and Pitkat looking for his first. I guess Pitkat would be the one who wants to add the weight of a NASCAR Championship Ring! I sure the others would like to add to their collection, but Pitkat may have something to say about that.

  We will have a hospitality center in the competitors camping lot, please stop by and say hello. Thanks to Warren and Denise Hamilton for the use of their motorhome.

  CONCERT TIME - We are glad to announce a special performance by John Sines Jr. at Mt. Carmel Christian Church. He will perform on October 3, at 7:00. Some of you may remember that he was with us at Bristol and sung at Chapel. If you are looking for something to do, plan on stopping by for a good night out. Check him out at johnsinesjr.com.

  Looking forward to seeing you somewhere on the road.

  Remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You. 

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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: September 25, 2015

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