The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  A familiar refrain. Many times talked about but in the heat of battle so easily forgotten. Has the world we live in gotten so bad that respect, common decency is gone? I am encouraged when I see a line of private citizens with their own equipment heading into the storm. That displays all that is good about human nature. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Last weekend I wasn’t at the race track, but I was hanging around with racers. I had the honor of officiating the wedding of Chuck and Kelli Hossfeld. Two families and friends coming together to prepare and celebrate. I was encouraged to see the community that will surround Chuck and Kelli as they walk through life together. What a wonderful time.

  As you might expect there was a racer or two in attendance. On in particular, Tony Ferrante Jr., touched my heart and reminded me why I do what I do. We reminisced about the old days, the family that used to be modified racing. As we talked he shared how much our efforts were appreciated. He said ”you always respected us”. Thank you Tony.

  The comment stuck with me as I thought about how disrespectful we have become as a society. Then, as if on cue, the current state of racing chimed in and provided reason for us to be concerned. In a National series the leader is spun out by the second place truck who goes on to win. Then he says he needed the win and the other guy already had one.

  Not to be outdone was the shoving match in Victory Lane after the SKMod feature at a prominent local track. The driver that finished second took exception with the way the race winner drove into him, moved him out of the way and secured the victory. Interesting thing is if the race finished one lap earlier the roles would have been reversed, the eventual race winner and leader was driven into and moved out of the way by the same guy who was upset by the returned favor.

  And I could go on, rubbing is racing, moving someone out of the way is not. Passing someone without making contact is a skill not seen too much these days in asphalt racing. Yes contact heightens the excitement level but it is outright dangerous. We have seen it escalate to the point of endangering the lives of drivers and fans.

  I have the opportunity to speak to many drivers at the close of driver’s meetings. One theme I try to touch every time is mutual respect. If you cannot look each other in the eye at the end of the race and say good job then you disrespected someone. We should be able to compete hard, contend for the win but be able to maintain a level of respect for one another.

  Let’s face it, we are driving machines that can be considered weapons. Some drivers carry that moniker, “that boy’s a weapon”. We need to remember that the driver in the other car wants to go home tonight in one piece. They have family and friends they would like to enjoy. Accidents happen but we shouldn’t drive like an accident waiting to happen.

  We think the end justifies the means. Whatever it take to win is okay. No, it is not. Winning in racing has stopped being about trying to outrun the other car. We have become so selfish, we think we deserve special dispensation because we want to win. We rationalize everything by that almighty win. That is shortsighted.

  Shortsighted thinking and our ability to rationalize everything has a way of getting us into situations that we shouldn’t be in. Oh, I am sure I have heard every explanation for moving someone out of the way. Funny thing is none of them hold water when compared to the respect we should have for each other.

  I remember reading an article about driver respect and the words of Bugsy Stevens about the code of ethics for position; if they have the position and you couldn’t pass clean you don’t make the move. You didn’t like it, but you lived to race another day and over time things would balance out.

  I’m not here to make racing boring. Banging and bruising each other seems to be the way of the world. We have gotten good at beating each other down, tearing each other up and carving up one another. In the end everyone ends up in pieces on the ground. Nothing is built up. Nothing is gained.

  Remember these words from Scripture?

Matthew 7:12, The Golden Rule, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.
This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” (NLT)

  If you were raised like I was this was taught at a very early age. It was drilled in my head and today it still reminds me there is a right way to treat others. Oh I forget just like everyone else but I am soon reminded that I made a mistake and need to right it. We need to return to common decency not only at the track but in the society we live in. Life is too difficult to go through trying to tear down everything in our way. We were created to surround ourselves with others, value their contributions, and respect the intrinsic value each of us have as children of God. To do anything less does not honor God.

  Are you as encouraged about how people are responding in Texas? I am. People, regular people who have an understanding and respect for human life reaching out on their own to help. Lynda is waiting to hear back from Samaritan’s Purse to bring a team down; they have so many volunteers it may take two weeks to schedule her trip. There isn’t a greater picture of what is right with humanity than this. We know how we would want to be treated. We know what is right. When we are subject to something out of our control our heart aches for someone to come along side and lift us up. We have to decide are we here to serve or be served?.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.
Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (NLT)

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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: September 11, 2017

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