We all have a story, a history, places we have been, people we’ve met,
things we have been a part of and it all writes the story of our life. The
New Year beckons us to look back while at the same time look forward. What
is our story and how will this new chapter look? Greetings in the name of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Over the past few weeks the events that took the lives of two very
popular and respected members of the racing family, Ron Bouchard and Joe
Brady, have been on my mind. I have been reading as people have shared their
memories of their lives. They have shared significant meetings, races, and
efforts made to help others. Ron and Joe’s stories are written on the hearts
of the lives they touched while here with us. That make you think, what
story am I writing?
Aware or not, we write our story every day we are here. We record in the
minds of people how we treat them. We record in the minds of people the
things that see us do. We make an impression on those we encounter each day.
I know that we would all like to be remembered fondly. We all want people
to see the good in us. We want to be appreciated for the things we have to
offer. Trouble is it is not ours to say, other people will determine our
Take a look at the political arena. Candidates are trying their best to
convince people who they are and what they stand for. They spend millions to
get the word out. It becomes a full time effort with a large staff to help
reshape their story.
In the end is the effort worth it? Do they really change people’s minds
about who they are and what they stand for? Maybe, the successful ones. No
matter what is said or done people are going to believe what they want to
believe. That leaves me wondering; how can I write the story I want others
to read and remember?
There are two types of biographies, authorized and unauthorized. They
tell different sides of the same life. One is what we want people to
remember. The other sheds some light in our closet of things we wish were
kept hidden. Somewhere in the middle is the true story of our life. Our
story will always be filtered through the minds of others, whether they knew
us well or not. My hope is that people will see the presence of God and His
work through me.
Luke 9:18-20; nlt, One day Jesus left the
crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him,
and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah,
and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”
Jesus posed an interesting question; “Who do
you say that I am?”
Have you every stopped and asked yourself that question? Have you ever
took the time to investigate the answer? What is the truth? Who is this one
the call Jesus? Lee Strobel did. His website,
“Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago
Tribune. Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of
Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). He
was a journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers,
winning Illinois' highest honor for public service journalism from United
Press International. He also led a team that won UPI’s top award for
investigative reporting in Illinois.”
An accomplished investigative reporter at the top of his game, Lee was an
Atheist, he didn’t believe in God let alone Jesus. With the pursuit of an
investigative legal reporter, he set out to prove once and for all the
errors of the Bible and the myth it purported. He ended up in a very
His website says, “After investigating the evidence for Jesus, Lee became
a Christian in 1981.”
Where will our story lead people? Will people who investigate our lives
find their way to God? Will they find evidence that leads them to conclude
we lived to please God? Will they share with others how our efforts helped
them see the love found in no one else but Christ?
During the last days of His life Jesus had some company, a contingent of
Roman Guards. They arrested Him, brought him to the chief priest, before the
Roman Governor, back the religious leaders, and back to the Governor. They
brought Him to be flogged and led Him through the streets carrying His
cross. Then they nailed Him to it and raised it up. When Jesus uttered His
final words, “It is finished.” they looked upon his dead body and came to
Matthew 27:54; nlt, The Roman officer and the
other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake
and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
In the words of the anonymous author of One
Solitary Life; “I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that
ever marched, all the Navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that
ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not
affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that ONE
What’s our story? How has our life affected those around us? How have we
made a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with every day?
Have we shared the Good News and love of Christ?
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
JOE BRADY’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE - Sunday, January
17, 12-4, Raceway Golf Club & Restaurant, Thompson, Ct. Celebrating the life
of Joe Brady. Join us for a luncheon to share stories and remember a life
lived to the fullest. Please RSVP on Facebook by Jan.10. Hope to see you
MOTORSPORTS 2016 - Our booth is shaping up to be a great one. We
should have all the confirmations in place this week and hope to announce
the lineup next week. Please make plans to stop by and help us welcome in
the 2016 racing season. See you there.
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