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 itís 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, ďsee you next year.Ē
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,
ďIf itís going to matter in 300 years itís alright to worry about, if it is
not donít waste the time worrying.Ē
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 doesnít go the way
we want it to we worry about what will happen next. Jesus asked us a
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 canít.
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
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to
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.
Donít get consumed by the pressure to get things done. The line of the
song says, ďLifeís too long to live like this.Ē 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 gerbilís
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
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.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
TIED AT THE TOP - 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
NEW LONDON Ė WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL - We are also excited to announce
that we will have a Sunday service under the tent at NLWS for Bemerís 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
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.
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