The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  Many times we are faced with decisions in how to respond to a certain situation. Sometimes we respond like a mature adult and sometimes we respond like a little child. Does it make a difference how we respond? Sure it does, we cannot act like little children. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  I have watched recently the response of some competitors when events on the track didn’t go the way they wanted. They responded like a spoiled little child would. You know the response, if I don’t get my way I am taking my ball and going home. They run away and hide not wanting to take responsibility. What kind of example does that show others?

  I have also seen competitors who have been dealt the short end of the stick respond in a mature, controlled manner. They indicate that they have self-control in spite of the circumstances that surround them. They indicate a character that will help them as they seek to advance their career and live life.

  Let’s face it, in racing there are going to be good days and bad days. Some times everything is going to fall in place and you will find yourself in Victory Lane. Sometimes everything is going to go against you and the guy that ends up in Victory Lane doesn’t deserve to be there. As one songwriter put it,” Some days are diamonds and some days are stones.” How we respond to the days that fall short of our hopes and dreams reveals how mature we are. It also sets the tone for days to come.

  We may not realize it but when we act in a way that doesn’t honor God we set in motion a path that leads away from Him and His plan for our lives. Think if it this way, good produces good, bad produces bad, good doesn’t come from doing things against God.

  Yes, we all know bad things happen to good people. There are many reasons for that, one being not everyone has your best interest at heart. Most times people are so caught up in themselves that they don’t take the time to think how their actions affect others. When someone acts in a selfish way, good people will be in their path and bad things happen.

  We can however still honor God. This just provides another opportunity for us to respond differently than what other might expect. We need to remember who is in control and let God direct us. Think of the example we set for others when we respond in a mature, God honoring way? Here is a passage that will help at times like these;

Matthew 5:43-48, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

  We have all seen drivers who drive like no one else in the race matters to them. They drive with one vision, get to the front at all costs. Sometimes they win; sometimes they end up on the hook, wrecker or checkers. But what about the damage and chaos they cause along the way? What about the drivers who are the benefit of that driver’s immature behavior? Maturity requires that we think about our actions and how they affect those around us. We can’t just run roughshod through life and leave a path of destruction along the way. That does not honor God.

  Some of us excuse it if the driver is one we like. Some of us are disappointed that the driver resorted to bad driving techniques to secure the win. Some just reason it away as good hard racing. We have many ways of looking at it. Let me help you understand something, how you view this goes a long way toward revealing your own maturity level.

  Paul, the writer of the Book of Ephesians, challenges us to grow up, become mature in our faith so that we won’t be tossed about, believing anything we hear as the true Word of God. He says;

Ephesians 4:11-16, Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

 We are all teachers and teach by example; our job is to build up the Kingdom of God. We cannot do this if we act like immature children. The goal is that we are mature in the Lord and do our part to make the body of Christ one, whole, healthy, growing and full of love.

  There is a danger if we fail to grow up; we will be tossed about, running from here to there not knowing what to believe. Think of a dog chasing his tail, running around and around in circles, he only knows what he is chasing when he catches it, bites it and feels the pain. When we are not mature we can be led astray by some find sounding teaching, we chase after it, we believe it to be something else, only to catch it and find it is nothing at all. Then we feel the pain of deceitfulness.

  Solomon asked God for wisdom to understand all things. God granted him that to him. He then set out to determine what was real and worth pursuing. He determined that the pursuit of man’s desires were like “chasing the wind” and that nothing lasting and fulfilling came from those pursuits. You can read his thoughts in the OT book of Ecclesiastes, here is his conclusion;

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands,
for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

  We need to mature in our faith, learn and teach about God. We need to have a respect for God that is above everything in our lives. We need to be obedient to His guidance, direction and instructions. Don’t waste away your life living like a little child, tossed here and there, without anything to hold you firmly in place. Grow up.


- As a result of the last lap position changes the points race for the Whelen Modified Tour Championship has jumbled up a bit. First and second places have swapped and third has taken a chunk out of the deficit. Next up Stafford this weekend.

  I am not sure how to respond to the aftermath of the NHMS tour race. I have listened and read many views and opinions. At this point the only one that matters is the one of the officials. They reviewed the incident and made a decision. As they say, “We’re on to Stafford.”

  I believe there are many that struggle to embrace the decision made and it leaves us feeling incomplete. Somehow they didn’t get what they hoped to see. They struggle with the finality of it.

  It seems that Modified racing in general this year has more than its share of drama. There have been more than a few times decisions made are confusing. I certainly cannot explain, defend or change any of those situations. I can say that it won’t be the last time a decision is made that we struggle to understand. They are made and we must move on. On to Stafford!

  THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD - I’m taking the long way to Stafford this week via Florida. We are moving our daughter down to Orlando to pursue her dream of working for Disney. We are so excited for her. Taking the short way home courtesy of Jet Blue.

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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: October 2, 2015

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