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THANKFUL FOR ….. (Part 3)
by Rev. Don Rivers

  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 of Life?

  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 me.

  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 means.

  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 means disaster.

  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 of truth.
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 Spirit,
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 world gives.
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 the fullest.


- 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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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: November 13, 2015

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