Racing Season is Here

So IT IS HERE!

The start of the racing season in the Midwest. Unfortunately so is the rain season upon us. Those two do not go together well. But God is in control of rain and racing even if we are disappointed we leave it in His hands. As I prepared to go to Cedar Rapids and then Rockford this weekend God laid a message on my heart I want to share with you and I hope you spend a few minutes really thinking about it. Here is some of the chapel message I had prepared.

I have been reading Tony Dungy’s first book and he talks about his son who can not feel thus has no fear. He has grabbed cookies out of a hot oven and ate them not knowing they were burning his fingers and month and throat.

As drivers I know you can not fear a wild ride like Matt took yesterday (by the way I pray for you guys safety daily and hope Matt is ok). You have to know the car is going to hold up, belt are going to stay tight, safety suit keeps the fire off you, and helmet protects your head.

A lot of guys are taught not to fear and feel but not in the extreme of Tony’s son, yet the damage can be even greater. I lived 30 years not fearing the Lord and I was so wrong to think that way.

Romans 3:18-20 says “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (NIV)

I lived without fear of and for the Lord for those 30 years and just lived for self. I did not recognize there was a Creator nor that I was sinner. But once I did see those things Proverbs 9:10 took hold of me. Prov 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Next time I will explain “fear of the Lord” the way I understand it.

I really do hope you think about this with me.

Have a great day racin’ in the Sonshine and hopefully we can get started with the season next weekend.
Todd

And remember if you have questions stop me at the track, call me or e-mail me and we will open God’s Word together and pray for insight into God’s ways.

Awe

Do you ever stand at the track and just watch the sun set? There are some great ones and each time I marvel at the Creator and think about this verse: Habakkuk 3:2 – LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Just reflect on the four parts of this verse

    1) Think about God and how He reveals Himself by His Word, His Spirit and others. Are you listening?

    2) Do you take time to stand in awe of God? Look at a sun rise or set. Look upon the new born and see their completeness; think of the times you should not have made it through a wreck and come out walking….?

    3) Am I renewed daily by God and His word or just going about my business?

    4) Think about God and His mercy. He holds back so often when I have punishment coming.

Now next time you are at the track and see the sun setting think about Habakkuk 3:2 (you can find it in the back of the Old Testament) and stand in awe of the Creator, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Todd

Trust!

Are you ever confused by words used by preachers? The other night I was trying to explain the word “trust” to a young person. We say we have to trust in the Lord and the young guy looked at me like, “Wow ‘trust’” . I explained it to him like this. Come over here and sit in the chair. He walked over and sat down.

I said, “Why did you do that?”

He said, “Because you told me to.”

And then I said, But why sit in the chair? What if you fell over?”

He said, “I knew it would hold me.”

It was a great picture of what the Lord wants. He tells us how to get saved and how to live for Him but we MUST TRUST in Him and Him alone. As racers you trust lots and have big time faith. You trust the car, the roll cage, the wall… All must be solid and do what they are supposed to.

The Bible talks about trusting God – Isa 26:4 – Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Prov 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. (from NIV)

I hope you have trusted in the Lord and are living for Him.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Todd