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FAMILY VALUES
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  The thought came to mind this week about family and what that means. June is a time for many weddings and with weddings come the start of a new family. In May we celebrate Motherís Day and June is reserved for Fatherís day. What does your family unit look like? How are things going in your family? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Family has come to mean many things in our society today. We call any group of people bonded by some common thread a family. Use the racing family for example, we come together around the sport of racing. We have a common language. We experience the ups and downs of racing together. We are bonded by the tread of racing.

  It is interesting how a common thread can bind people of various backgrounds and histories together. We come from different times, different parts of the country, with different views on life, but when we talk racing we are all on the same level.

  Recently I have had the opportunity to talk with racers from different backgrounds. In Memphis I met their chaplain, he is affiliated with God Speed Ministries. They primarily deal with the drag racing community. He shared his story, showed me picks of his race car and even him popping a wheelie coming out of the hole.

  I have the pleasure of listening to many tell the stories of the good old days. They have been doing this for a long time and have stories to tell. No matter what we have shared as a racing family we all have our other family behind the scenes.

  Some families race together and some tolerate the racing of their family. The family that we donít always see at the track, the one we go home to is the one I want to talk about this week. Have you taken the time to consider how much that family means to you?

  God created the family unit and gave each member responsibilities. In creation he created man and his perfect complement, a woman. Together they were to create and raise a family. God ordained marriage for a man and a woman to come together in a life commitment to each other. A commitment that starts with marriage and ends with death.

  As I reflected on that commitment I thought about what it really meant. This commitment is a statement to the world that you value the other person so much that you set them apart from everyone else; you will remain with them for life. How many of us view it that way today?

  A marriage commitment says I will walk alongside you and witness your life. I will be there for every moment. I will not let your life go unnoticed, I will share it with you. I will not leave you.

Mark 10:6-9, "But at the beginning of creation God `made them male and female.'
`For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

  God provided guidance for us as we grow our family and add children.

Proverbs 22:6, Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

  This verse implies that we know the right way to go. He impresses upon us that we need to do what is right. It is not possible to live your life the wrong way and teach your children to go in the right direction. Our children will follow our lead.

  If we donít know the right way, we need to learn it ourselves before we have children.

  We have dedicated many children from racing families to the Lord. In that dedication each member of the family, Mom, Dad, Sister, Grandparent, Godparents, other family members and friends made a commitment to guide that child in the way of the Lord. They committed to raise that young child to honor God and to follow His guidance.

  God helps us understand the priorities that He has for our families. God has made the Husband responsible for the family unit. Whatever happens to that family will lay on the fatherís shoulders. He first must love his wife more than he loves himself. If he does that she will respect him. He must teach his children right and wrong. He must not waiver from that path, change the rules, have a different standard for his children than he does for himself. He first must honor God in all he does, then lead his family to do likewise.

Ephesians 5:33-6:4, However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,
and the wife must respect her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

  The family was created by God as the most intimate unit in society, the foundation of all we are. If we do not honor that and build strong, God respecting families, we cannot hope to experience the full life that God promises. A fulfilling and satisfying life starts with a family built on the foundation that will withstand any storm; Jesus Christ.

  I understand there are reasons for the condition of each of our families, but that doesnít mean we cannot start here and move toward God. Look at it this way, take a moment today and pray to God about your family. Just talk with Him, ask Him to lead you in the right direction, ask Him to guide your spirit, ask Him to teach you what you need to be doing. He will; he is our Heavenly Father, like he expects our earthly father to do, he will teach, guide and lead you in the right direction. Trust in Him and he will help you move from where you are to where you need to be. Your life will be fulfilling and satisfying.

Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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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: June 14, 2017

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