The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  Have you ever felt like a gerbil running on a never-ending wheel? Many times life is a blur, moving at a speed that is difficult to keep up with. We find ourselves being swallowed up. Whoa, Nellie! As Keith Jackson would love to say. We need to put on the brakes, slow down. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Have you ever seen twelve hours go as fast as it does on race day? The hours turn into minutes, the minutes into seconds and before you know it the checkered flag has fallen and it’s time to pack up and head home. This is especially true when you are chasing the setup or trying to repair some damage. The next thing you hear is the call for your heat or feature. Where does the time go?

  We experience similar events in our daily lives. We wake up, get going and before you know it, the day is over. Where does the time go? The Season just started and now it is in the books. Champions are crowned and we start looking forward to next year. It hit me the other day at the track when someone said, “see you next year.”

  I look at the photos of my children and remember the times that went by all too quickly. Now with one married and the other two out of the house I find myself wondering if I spent enough time with them. As I headed back to New England from Florida this week, my baby girl in the rearview mirror, her dreams and adventures ahead of her, my heart was torn. She is chasing her dream and we are excited for her, but the time flew by.

  I wonder if I have taught them the right way, the way of God.

  It seems to me that we get caught up in things that seem important, we think they need to get done, but in hindsight they were not the most important. I received an important piece of advice from a good friend once, “If it’s going to matter in 300 years it’s alright to worry about, if it is not don’t waste the time worrying.”

  We can be guilty of placing importance on things that are not truly important. We loose our sense of priorities. We worry about things that we do not need to worry about. We consume our time trying to change or influence things we cannot. We have an agenda and when it doesn’t go the way we want it to we worry about what will happen next. Jesus asked us a question:

Matthew 6:27, Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

  Do you know the answer? Sometimes we think we can change the events of tomorrow if we worry about them enough. We can’t. The answer, no one can. So why do we do it? We have trouble believing that God really has it all under control. We think He needs some help. Whoa, Nellie, put on the brakes, live the life God has planned for you.

  God promises us that He will provide for our needs. He has it all under control. We need only to trust Him with all of our heart. Listen to the promise God shares with us through the Prophet Jeremiah,

Jeremiah 29:11-13, For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 There is too much life to live to be enslaved to the rat race. Try to avoid getting so busy with things that we forget about what God wants us to do. We get so busy trying to survive we forget to take time to look around at what others are going through, what others need. God promises to provide what we need to survive. God wants us to focus on what others are going through and instead of focusing on ourselves.

  If you have put that trust in yourself then you will be disappointed. Even if you accomplish everything you want you will still be missing something. It is God and God alone that can give you abundant life. Fulfillment in life comes only through Jesus Christ. No matter what we have, what we accomplish, what social standing we achieve, it will be incomplete without a saving knowledge of God through Jesus.

  Don’t get consumed by the pressure to get things done. The line of the song says, “Life’s too long to live like this.” Focus on what is truly important, on what will affect eternity. Focus on the things of God. Live in such a way as to be sensitive to the leading of God. Step off the gerbil’s wheel and stop running so fast that life is a blur, slow down and let things happen. Put on the brakes. Watch for where God is working and join Him there.

Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.


- The shell game that is the Whelen Modified Tour Championship has revealed yet another combination. There is another tie at the top as the positions have changed! With his victory at Stafford Doug Coby moved into a first place tie with Ryan Preece with Woody Pitkat falling to third a few points back. One more checkered flag to fall to decide this race. Looking forward to the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. See you there.

  TSMP ANNOUNCES SPECIAL SERVICE FOR THE FANS - At Thompson we are planning to have a Sunday morning Victory Chapel service for the fans. We are working with TSMP to provide a service on Sunday morning in Victory Lane at 10:30. This will be for those in attendance that wish to come before the Lord and lift Him up. We are excited that we have the tracks support on this and are looking forward to making this a regular event when there is racing on Sunday.

  NEW LONDON – WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL - We are also excited to announce that we will have a Sunday service under the tent at NLWS for Bemer’s Big Show, October 24 & 25. We are working with a local church who will provide live music. Make you plans to enjoy racing that weekend without missing worship!

  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - Headed to the Moody Mile this week to say goodbye. The New York State Fairgrounds has been home to Super Dirt Week for many years but that has come to an end. The track will be removed and the event will be relocated to a new home. Say what you will about the track and facilities but there are many special memories there. Many of us have a special story or two about past events. I think I have a pair of shoes still sealed in a bag covered with Syracuse mud. Join us for Chapel Sunday morning as Ed Harkins of Finish Line Chaplains and I go before the Lord.

  Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at www.rwjm.com. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Remember that God loves you, we love you and

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: October 9, 2015

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