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
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
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
“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
“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.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
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
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
Looking forward to seeing you somewhere on the road.
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