Standing In

You know I have spoken this before but let’s go back to it. Sin is like vomit and remaining in sin is like standing in vomit and not getting out and cleaning it up. Now think with me on this. Often when we travel up by Wisconsin Rapids you smell the paper plants. To me, they have a heavy, awful smell. For others it is not as bad. Interestingly after being there a while it is not as bad. The smell really never went away, we just got used to it. The same is true with sin. We can just get used to the sin instead of confessing and repenting of the sin. STOP! Think about that. Is there a sin you need to address like right now!?!

The vomit can be cleaned up. The odor can be dealt with. We just need to put in the work and be obedient. The evil one speaks like it is not that bad; it will not hurt anyone; you can’t stop; you can’t be forgiven.

Jesus says, “I died on the cross for you to be forgiven and I love you much!”

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Seems like an echo of James 4:14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

We see two things here. 1) an echo of not boasting and 2) we don’t know what is ahead, well for that matter, we often don’t know what truly is happening so be careful with your words and actions and thoughts. Be faithful in the moment. Obey now!

Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

DO you pat yourself on the back a lot? DO you secretly place yourself above others? DO you think of yourself as better than others? We see a lot of that. That is not humility or Christ like. God wants us to live out Micah 6:8

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

Think of a stone, a large stone. Think of a load of sand. If a large load of sand comes down on you, you’re dead. Simple as that. In the same way we should not provoke others. We even need to be careful needling or teasing someone for fun. What if they are having a bad day and that just kind of takes them over the top. Just be careful.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

God says over and over in His Word to be slow to anger. That is a challenge for some of us. I know I can fly off the handle in some circumstances where if I just take a step back or hold my tongue I would be much better off.

Proverbs 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

This is hard to understand, but think about the one who really loves something, but they don’t want anyone to know about it. Is that right? No it is not. If the person is honest and open this is better yet I yet I know of people who can be this way and are brutally honest or say things unfiltered and it causes trouble and fractured relationships so let’s be careful with this verse.

Proverbs 27: 6-7 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

We are back to what do we want? What satisfies us? If you go in the store hungry you usually buy way more that you need. We need to be prepared and we need have the right desires. They need to be the desire of pleasing the LORD. Are you prepared and do you have the right desire?

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

What Just Happened?

You have seen the race that gets a little out of control. We had one of those at MIS a few weeks ago. The guys just struggled and were going a few laps and a caution over and over. I have seen times that guys got so heated they go after another driver and I have seen where guy goes to spin another guy only to end up spinning out himself. How embarrassing!

We can do that in life too. We need to be careful with our words and actions and not spin ourselves out in life. Can you check your words before you speak them? That is a good habit to get into, that is, to check our words before speaking.

Proverbs 26:17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

If you like to get bit by a dog, grab ‘s ear. That would be foolish. One of the most dangerous things for a police officer to have to deal with is to respond to a domestic dispute. Emotions are charged and people are not in their right minds. Be slow to jump into someone else’s quarrel.

Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

It is not a good thing to get caught and add “just kidding” to try to get out of it. Don’t be a madman or a mad man. Both are not good.

Proverbs 26:20-21 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Echo of verse 17. We can add to an argument or we can help stop it. Truth is a key to this and knowing when to just be quiet. Instead of stirring the pot we need to turn the heat off and let things cool down. The opposite response is to say nothing. We can be completely silent and that is not good either.

Proverbs 26:22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Shouting is rarely an effective parent or marriage tool and has no place at work either. It is best to stay calm and think and listen and speak with control (self-control) that is, not controlling. That too is a dangerous thing.

Proverbs 26:23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

We see the cheap knockoffs that are sold at too high a price and don’t last like the real deal. So liars are shown for what they really are. Once they have been tested the truth always comes out.

Proverbs 26:24-26 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Do you enjoy it when a person does not like you and you don’t really care for them and you both put on false impressions and words? Those are not glorifying to God and we should not be that way. We need to be careful not to get involved with the false person. We need to be discerning.

Proverbs 26:27-28 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

In the book of Esther we see Haman build gallows and then die on them. Have you have seen the “funny” videos where a person does something and it backfires and they get hit instead? Our words can do that so easily so be careful. Don’t build your own gallows in words; thoughts or deeds.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

A False Reality

Praying for those in Texas, in Houston. Also remember those in Montana effected by the fires. I also want to remind those in the racing community to remember those family and friends of Todd Bissman. What a challenging time.

It is always cool to see a driver hit a landmark like 100 starts or 10 wins etc. Recently my brother hit huge landmark! He has run every day for 40 years. What a crazy number that is and great job Brother! Today marks message number 90 in Proverbs. Pretty cool. I hope you have stayed with us in this study. There are so many great life lessons.

One problem in America is that we live in a false reality. We build these things into our lives that are just not true. Or we think what is true in our situation is true everywhere. We can so easily blind ourselves to truth and most importantly to God. Here is a classic example. We can say there is no God. We say that because if there is a God we KNOW we would be accountable to Him and His Word. His Word says we have all sinned, that we need to confess that Jesus is LORD and we need to change our life to be more like Him but we would rather ignore that TRUTH and reality so we can keep on sinning. The truth is that we WILL be held accountable. Are you prepared for that? Are you prepared for that on God’s terms not our own?

Stop and read that again. Slowly think about that. Let it sink in.

Now do you have questions about salvation? If you do, I hope you would reach out to Jesus. Let me know if I help or if you have questions.

Proverbs 26:8 Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.
This is one of the largest sections in Proverbs where God stays on one subject. He is calling out fools. If we did not let it set in during the previous six verses, God again says not to honor fools. It is a call to Americans as we see so many foolishly seeking their own way.

Proverbs 26:9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb the mouth of fools
You know how painful a sliver is and especially in the hand or foot. A drunkard might not notice the thorn until it is too late. God gives that word picture His Word in the mouth of fools. IT IS PAINFUL. YUCK! JUNK! Why? Because they twist it and misrepresent truth.

Proverbs 26:10 Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
Think of the damage of a hired hit man. But what about the shooter who just shots. He has no care who is hurt or killed. That is what kind of damage a fool or drunkard is. No wonder God warns against them.

Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
That is a vivid picture. I often remind the kiddos, myself and others that sin is like vomit and who would stand in it. NO ONE, yet we do. We sin and just keep on sinning without repenting. What is wrong with us that we would do that?!

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
One last thing in this section on fools and it is an echo of course. Do you think you are pretty smart? Strong? Good looking? Rich? Powerful? That is dangerous. We are to be humble and lowly in spirit.

Proverbs 26:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”
From “fool” to four verses on “the sluggard”. The sluggard here is seen as a liar. We don’t want to be a liar. We want to be truthful, honest, reliable at all times. Lying is damaging and dangerous to relationships. Don’t do it! There will never be trust as long as there is lying going on.

Proverbs 26:14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.
We see politicians switch positions all the time to gain votes. We know what truth is and should always take the position given by God’s Word. Not waffling or wavering.

Proverbs 26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
Don’t put effort into anything that is going to come up empty, lacking eternal purpose, profit or value. We see so many that do that. They pour their lives into meaningless things. You know the list. You see it all around you. Have a purpose with a foundation of pleasing the LORD God.

Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
The sluggard sounds like the fool in verse 12. That’s because they are alike! The sluggard does not see reality. Unfortunately far too many fall in this category. I know I once was one of them. Now I at least try not to fall into that category. This is another good reason to have an accountability person in your life. They can be check points.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

From Victory Lane to DNS

Racing is a crazy sport. A couple weekends ago Jason Thoma swept things at MIS. He was a fast qualifier, won both features and walked away happy. The very next day at Jefferson in practice something happened in the motor and he had a “did not start.” When we talked he said that you have good days and bad days at the track. Like in life we can have bad days and good days and it is about how we react to both of them that speaks of our relationship with Jesus and what we really think of Him.

Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Do you thirst for God and His truth? Does the good news the gospel, delight you? Are you active and intentional in sharing God’s Word? I hope you are. We have the greatest message in all of time to share, an overwhelming hope.

Proverbs 25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
If you have a pitcher of water that is good and pure and if you have one that is muddy, what do you serve and what do you ump out?? I know that is a dumb question. Of course the good water will be served. That is what we need to do with the Word of God.

Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Back to honey. A diet straight honey would be bad. Eating too much honey – bad. So it is with seeking glory. To often we want to draw attention to self. We are to be humble and point to Jesus. We are to “wow” at God and give Him all the honor and glory.

Proverbs 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
This is a huge problem (self-control or lack of). We don’t protect our marriages, our families, our churches, our communities enough with walls of righteousness. We let self and pleasure run rampant. Will you take a stand and be self-controlled.

Proverbs 26:1-3 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
Does snow belong in the summer? NO! So who do you give honor to? Who do you praise? Why do they get your honor or praise? Lifting up fools or foolish things is not good.

Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Do not be drawn into fools and their games. What do you do when you hear the course language, impure talk, gossip, etc… We can stay, get involved or excuse ourselves and take a stand for purity and God. You would hope there is enough honor and respect but that does not happen often enough. SO WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED!

Proverbs 26:6-7 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
We see the false witnesses going door to door. We see the false teachers stand in the class room. We see the agendas of evolution, abortion, terrorists, white hate groups, gays, gender confusion, Wall Street, politicians, etc… We need to take the true gospel and love and the real hope out into our neighborhoods and communities. Are you doing that?

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

My Way

First, another week has come and gone and another week with attacks on life. LORD, how we need revival and wide spread repentance of sin and salvation. I am praying for the families, communities and nations affected by this heinous acts

We remember the old Frank Sinatra song, “My Way”. It is a fun song but think about the selfishness of it. When we look at the verses below we are going to see we need to think of others before self. We need to especially do that in prayer. Too often we pray this. “Lord not your will be done but instead may MY will be done so I can be happy and get what I want.”

Proverbs 25:17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
Here is a practical teaching. Neighbors can be a great blessing. They can be so helpful. God does make it clear that there needs to be a buffer and clear boundaries to make that relationship work.

Proverbs 25:18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Back to an echo teaching, we have touched on it several times in Proverbs but we are back to lying. Only this time it is about being a witness as in explaining something in a court or to an authority. We see how seriously God takes this in His description by the use of a weapon in the verse. Look at the description used here.

Proverbs 25:19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Echo! When is the last time you had a tooth ache? They can bring the strong person down. Funny how a little deal like that can affect a person but I know I have been there. Think about those you have heard say they just slipped a little and their neck or back got hurt. Those are two good examples of why we can’t trust treacherous person. What does treacherous mean? It can mean dangerous or false or deceitful. See, this person should not be listened to or trusted. Don’t be that person that is treacherous.

Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
You have seen out things out of place. That is what this verse is saying. Don’t be that guy. The one that says or does things that are out of place. I have knew people like that. I can be that way. Let’s work on not being that person.

Proverbs 25:21-22 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Sound familiar? Check out Romans 12:20. And then Jesus’s words from Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Pretty clear what God thinks of this. When is the last time cut an “enemy”, someone u don’t like, a break?

Proverbs 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
I need to be watching out for my tongue. We need to take responsibility for our words. We need to hold back those looks and hurtful words.

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
This does not say run away and divorce. It does not say being a quarrelsome wife is a good thing, It does say a little space can be ok to keep the peace long term. We are to work hard to keep the family and home together and it is work. It takes honesty and humility and so much more. Are you putting the effort into your family and home?

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

Balance

Why Is Balance Important?
When the two ends of the car are in sync, meaning they want to roll to the same angle and the load transfer is predictable, all four tires are working to their maximum capacity which means that they have the most load possible on each tire. The two tires at each end are more equally loaded and therefore produce more grip resulting in faster speeds through the turns.

When the two ends aren’t in sync and not rolling to the same angle, an imbalance exists that will cause less than optimum load transfer. The sets of tires become more unequally loaded resulting in less overall traction and less resistance to lateral force. The car must go slower through the turns than if it were balanced because the tires have less grip. From HRN

Balance – There is balancing a check book in homes or the books in a business; there is a balanced diet; there is balance in gymnastics; there is a balanced life, being safe, ok. There is also spiritual balance. That is when we go too far out of line in freedom or too far in legalism. Let’s dive back into Proverbs.

Proverbs 25:9-10 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
It is not good to have a bad reputation. It follows you around and will lead to a revealing time. It is best to be truthful and to straighten out any lies. It is part of honor and integrity.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Our words can be pleasing, pleasant and powerful. Every word has the power to lift up or tear down. What words are you going to choose? What words come out of your heart? Could you, will you, intentionally lift someone up today with your words?

Proverbs 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
On the other side, will you listen to words that have meaning and are uplifting? Do you desire to hear truth? Will you receive reproof? Will you receive being challenged? Can you listen without reacting and without thinking of what words you are going to spill out? This is harder then it sounds.

Proverbs 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Will you be the faithful messenger? Have you been the faithful messenger? What message have you spoken? There is only one that continues to the true hope and the giver of life, eternal life. The message is: sinner sees their sin in the mirror; Sinner sees the Savior is Jesus who died and rose again to save you; Sinner repents and cries out to Jesus as LORD. That is the sweetest of all messages to be heard and told. Don’t miss it!

Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
Boasting is a dangerous thing. Why? 1) pride 2) often involves a lie 3) often there is something to hide. None of that is good. Think about that. Then the verse turns to giving too. Jesus taught it is better to not say anything about your giving. Just give!

Proverbs 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Two great lessons and reminders. We are to have patience and be soft spoken. This is not talking about volume, although it could be. It is talking about care, kindness and love.

Proverbs 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Remember in verse 13 of chapter 24 we spoke of honey? It said it was good to eat honey, although it was speaking of wisdom more than honey. Here in verse 16 of chapter 25 God gives us a clear picture and warning of too much honey, sweets. There are times my little guy gets a stomach ache and sometimes that stomach ache is from eating too much sugar or sweets. Do you see the love God has for us? He says “yes” enjoy some sweets but don’t have too much. Balance.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd