Banquet Recap

We had the privilege to be at a couple banquets this year. It is always fun to catch up with the guys and see what their plans are for the upcoming season and also to remind them of the protection the Lord provided over the past season. Lyle Nowak was the champion of MASCS. He has 17 or so track championships from northern Wisconsin. Amazingly, he is one of the most humble and approachable guys I know in racing with that many championships. He did a great job thanking and honoring those who work with MASCS, their staff, and his competitors.

At MIS’s banquet two-three in a row champions were honored and two-two in a row champions, plus of course Bobby Wilberg won another championship (Sportsmen) giving him 16 or so championships.

 When I attend the banquets there is usually a table near-by the podium with trophies. They are big, shiny awards with inscriptions of the accomplishments. As I stood beside them, I thought of the work that goes into a race season. I thought of the hours and hours of time at the track and in the garage. I thought how it takes an entire team  – from the owner, sponsor, crew chief, students, engine builder and so on. I thought of the talent that they have. Each stakeholder has an important role in order to bring together a season that ends with a championship.

As I think about these things I think how there is a side that we can relate to in our ministry work.

The Hours – There is no doubt that racing takes a lot of time and hard work. There are hours upon hours spent in the shop that many fans never see. In a Christian’s life, there needs to be hours upon hours spent working for the Lord’s glory. We have an example in God’s Word of this. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. And again in 2 Thessalonians 3:8 On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. In Colossians 4:12 we read – He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. We have examples of Jesus going to work in prayer early in the morning. The Christian faith is not just showing up for an hour on Sunday morning and calling it good with the Lord. He wants us to work hard, to sacrifice, to wrestle against the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-12)

The Team Effort – Next we see it takes a team effort. In racing, there is a group from owner and sponsor to the guy polishing the windshield. Each is important. Championships are won by each person doing their job well. In the church, the same thing must happen. God explains in 1 Corinthians 12:14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. The passage goes on to explain the importance of each person (part of the body) doing what they are assigned so that there is success for all. In 3 John 8 we read – We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.  We are to be working together for the truth, to spread the gospel; to share the hope of eternal life; to minister to the poor and needy.

The Talent – Ever wonder to yourself, how did they get that much talent? I see guys that can handle a car that is right on the edge of not turning or being so loose you don’t know how it is not spinning out at every corner. I see guys who can build cars that make me go ‘Wow’. It is not just in racing but in many walks of life. Think about the talent of a stay at home mom or a home school parent or the doctor or farmer and so on. The answer lies in the Bible. Our work, talents, our vocation, is given to us by the Lord. In Exodus 31:1-6 it says (parts omitted) Then the LORD said to Moses,  “See, I have chosen… and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts– to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship….Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you:. God blesses us with skill to be used for His glory in and on our job.

We see the hours, teamwork and talent that go into winning a championship. We want to be champions for God. How are you doing to accomplish that? How are you being used by the Lord and how are you using your talent; your work for the Lord to be blessed?

Thanks and hope to see you at a track soon and have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Todd