As we continue to reflect on the race season and look back on our
adventures, what are we thankful for? We are taking these few weeks as we
lead up to thanksgiving to look at some things we receive but don’t always
notice. I am thankful for the guidance I receive. Greetings in the name of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Life is full of temptations, challenges, difficulties and decisions. Do
we have someone guiding us through or are we trying to get through it on our
own? Is there someone waking beside us? Who is spotting for you on the road
I was standing at the front desk of the hotel confirming that the special
arrangements requested were in place. As I was passed from employee to
employee no one seemed to know what was going on. Finally the general
manager showed up to get things sorted. The first thing she did was insult
I am a Christian and I am supposed to behave in a way that honors God. I
didn’t. I responded in a very human way. That was wrong. Thankfully God put
a special person in my life, my wife. We sorted out the room debacle without
any further insults, but the damage was done.
I am thankful for her guidance and holding me accountable to the
challenges of honoring God. Without her by my side I would certainly make a
mess of things. Who provides you with guidance and direction? Are you
thankful for that input?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a spotter that looks out for us and warns us
before we do something damaging. I know having a spotter doesn’t mean we
will always listen, but it is a voice that we need to hear.
A spotter’s tools are simple; a good set of eyes to be able to watch what
is happening, good judgment about how to advise and a way to communicate. We
can all watch but a good spotter sees difficulty coming before it happens. A
good spotter doesn’t overload us with information that we don’t need to run
the race. Most importantly, a spotter needs to be able to communicate. Our
spotter needs to speak our language, we need to understand what each other
Look at it this way, when the spotter says “inside” does that mean go
inside or go outside? It could mean either, that is up to the spotter and
driver. The driver and the spotter develop a language all their own and
develop an understanding of each other so that they can communicate with
each other. When that works, things go well. When it doesn’t it usually
One of the rules in racing is that when you are on the track you need a
spotter. Wouldn’t it be great to have a spotter for life also? We need
someone who is in our ear, living inside us and guiding us in the right
path. God has provided a spotter for us all; his name is The Holy Spirit.
Listen to what Jesus says about the Spirit;
John 14:16-18, 25-27, (Jesus answered) And I
will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave
you as orphans; I will come to you.
"All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy
whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will
remind you of everything I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
In addition, we read in the book of Acts;
Acts 5:5, And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom
he has given us.
The Holy Spirit is given to us to guide our
heart in the paths that are right. I am reminded of the cartoon with the
devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. This is a good
illustration of what happens when the Spirit becomes our spotter. He guides
us with the right advice, but there is that other voice. That voice inside
us that tells us something different, something not of God. Which voice do
we follow? Which guidance do we take?
To answer that question it is helpful to have another type of spotter in
your life. Someone who will hold you accountable to the choices you make.
Someone trust worthy, someone who loves you, someone who would lay down
their life for you, a true friend. My wife is that person for me and I thank
the Lord for her every day.
God provides The Holy Spirit as our guide. We receive The Holy Spirit
when we ask Jesus to come into our heart. When we seek forgiveness from God
for our shortcomings and accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us. When we ask
God He sends The Holy Spirit to live in our heart, to guide us in the paths
that are right, to counsel us, to show us the truth.
I am thankful that God cares about me enough to send a spotter to guide
me. Do you have The Holy Spirit in your heart? You can. He will be a spotter
that will never leave you. Ask God today to send Him and God will honor that
request and send Him. The key component is asking with sincerity in your
heart; you have to want to.
Seek out the guidance of The Holy Spirit today. Accept the sacrifice
Jesus made for you and ask God to forgive your sin. If your heart is sincere
the transaction is done, your life has changed.
I would ask that you share that with us so that we can rejoice with you.
We can also help and guide you along the road. We will come along side you
and walk with you through life. We will help you through the difficulties.
We will do our best to help you figure out life and learn how to live it to
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WEATHER ISSUES PLAGUE THE SEASON ENDING EVENTS IN CONCORD - Both the Bad
Boy Buggies World Dirt Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and The
North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway faced a difficult time getting
their respective events in the books. Both saw a day of washed out
conditions forcing them to extend their events into Sunday. And that was no
bargain either as intermittent showers forced red flag conditions.
In the end both events finished up on Sunday making the best of the
situation they were handed. I am sure it took the efforts of many unsung
heroes to accomplish that. Thank you for all those efforts.
I also have to thank the MRO and RWJM teams for helping out. Between us
we were able to cover the events, even with the delay, good work guys.
I WASN’T AWOL - I know many of you wondered why I wasn’t in
Concord and with good reason, that’s where I usually am on the first weekend
in November. This year I had the special pleasure to officiate the wedding
of Mr. & Mrs. Timmy Solomito. It was a wonderful event and I was honored to
be a part of their special day. I might add there was talk of getting things
finished up and rolling down to Concord. Racers will always be racers and if
there is a possibility to race all options are explored.
PRAYER NEEDS - Tom O’Rorke, former Pit Steward at Wall Stadium is
facing some medical challenges and is in need of our prayer. Please keep him
on your thought.
I am looking forward to some time on the couch and not behind the wheel!
At least until Thanksgiving. With our baby girl now in Florida guess where
we are going for Thanksgiving? Oh well, I guess I’m a pretty good over the
road driver, should be a fun trip.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
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