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SETTING PRIORITIES
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  Sometimes in life we get things a little out of order. We get the cart before the horse. Christmas is one of those times. Christmas morning is the beginning of the celebration, not the end. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  We all have heard the line, you canít win if you donít finish. Yogi Berra might say it this way, 90% of the cars that donít finish wonít win the race. At the driverís meeting the familiar refrain is, ďyou canít win the race on the first lap, be patient.Ē You can however loose the race on the first lap.

  Therein lies the problem, we tend to get so caught up in things that we forget what is really important. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. We mark that day as December 25, but we really donít know. Letís try to take a different look at things this year. Letís try to set priorities right. Let us prepare to welcome and worship the king. That means slowing down and thinking about the priority of things.

  During the year there are many significant dates. On the racing calendar the beginning of the season comes to mind. Daytona marks the beginning of the racing season. For Christians, Christmas marks the beginning of the life of Christ.

  We race for the finish line, but how many of us race to the starting line? The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming birth of our Savior.

Isaiah 9-6; For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  Isaiah helps us understand the character of our Savior, wonderful, mighty, everlasting, giver of peace. It also helps us understand the priority he should have in our lives, God, father, prince and counselor. Isaiah told of the Savior yet to come. On the night of Jesusí birth the angels proclaimed to the Shepardís his arrival.

Luke 2:8-1; And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

  The Shepardís left their flocks and went to find this Savior. When they found him they went out and proclaimed his glory. They looked for the beginning and made it a priority. The Savior is coming, are we focused on the true meaning of Christmas? Will we run to his side and claim him as our own or will we be too busy chasing after the things of the world that keep us busy.

I have often thought of what I would do if an angel of the Lord came and visited me. Do you remember Mary and Joseph? Each one received a visit. The angel announced what would take place with each of them, Mary would be with child and Joseph would take Mary for his wife. Together they would be responsible for bringing a child into the world that would be the savior of the world.

Would I embrace the call? Would I respond as Mary did ďMay it be with me as you have said, I am the Lordís servant.Ē? Would I be too busy to even notice? We all have the decision to make. Jesus himself came to demonstrate his love for us. Will we accept it? Will we even break away from our busyness to notice?

Luke 2:4-7; Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David,
because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary,
who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there,
the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

  Christmas means nothing if we donít have the right focus. The race doesnít end when we get there, it is the beginning. This Christmas season take time to begin anew, take time to contemplate what took place 2,000 years ago for you and me. For unto us a child is born, a gift was given, a savior was born.


 
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

 
MODIFIED HEARTS ARE BROKEN
- This past week has been a difficult one for the Modified community and the racing family as a whole. Two of the best, pioneers in their own right, Hall of Famers, have left us.

  Ron Bouchard succumbed to the ravages of cancer, but many didnít know he was ailing. Ron had that ever present smile, time for anyone and everyone. Even a few weeks ago when he opened his museum he did his best not to let on that he was sick. Ron will remain a fond memory in the hearts of many, his character and persona will live on in our hearts. Truly we have lost a special member of the racing family.

  Joe Brady, such a tragedy. A young man without thought to the lives of others struck Joe as he walked across the street. Joe was an innovator, one of the last blue collar racers. His cars were driven by the best because he always had a fast piece. You donít need a fancy shop or hauler to bring a fast car to the track. Joe knew how to build a fast car.

  One of the many stories I remember about him was a night at Thompson, when he blew an engine. There in the pits were members from four different teams helping to replace it. They even carried it from the hauler to the car because the engine hoist couldnít get into the tight space. Why? Because Joe would do the same for you and I. His heart was big and his love for life was legendary.

  Gone too soon are these two who blazed the trail for generations to come. Donít forget where you come from. Guys like Ron Bouchard and Joe Brady are the reason modified racing is so popular. They deserve our respect and admiration.

  Our thoughts and prayer go out the Bouchard, Flemke, and Brady families that are enduring the pain of this loss through the Christmas season. Please except our deepest sympathies. We stand by lifting you up and ready to help in any way.

  MOTORSPORTS 2016 - Look for the announcement of the lineup for 2016. We have been in touch with several car owners and are planning a full display of race cars for your enjoyment. I am looking forward to confirming and announcing the line up in January.

  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: December 16, 2015

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