Happy New Year 2012

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? I am not one to set them. I used to but most times they would only last a short time and I would fall back into the habit or action I was trying to stop. That was where the problem was that I was trying to stop something on my own. Now I set goals which are slightly different then a resolution. In setting goals they are realistic, attainable, timed, and measureable. It is said that goals should be SMART.

S – Specific. If we set a goal like, “I am going to lose weight.” That is way too general as that could mean one pound or hundred. We want to have very tangible, real goals.

M – Meaningful. We don’t want it to be frivolous, without real significance. We want something that is going to help us in the short and long run.

A – Attainable. This is very important. If we say, “I am going to save $10,000”, when we know that is not possible without a miracle of God, than we will just frustrate ourselves. We also don’t want to set it too low as in saying, “I am going to save $12 this year” when we know that is insignificant.

R – Relevant. There should be some importance and also agreement if you are married. It should be good for not only you but also for the family.

T – Trackable. It is vital that the goal and actions to obtain the goal are measured. I am one who likes to chart things and track them to see where we were and where we are going.

As I think about setting goals, I think about God and what He thinks about plans. Let’s look together. Ephesians 4:22-24 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Jeremiah 29:11-13 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Proverbs 20:18 Make plans by seeking advice; Hebrews 11:40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect; Romans 1:13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you; Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

God has plans and makes them for us to carry out. He prepares us for those works also. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

To me the real key to goals and change is bathing them in prayer, walking in trust, faith in the Lord and a godly accountable person, one who is kind and gentle, yet firm, and who will help us if we get stuck. So instead of a New Year’s resolution find what God would like to have changed in your life and step out SMART. Often another key to real life changing change is saying, “No!” to a sin as in Titus 2:12.

Dear Lord, I know I need change, change to be more like you, to put off sin, put it to death. Lord Show me my sin and help me to deal with the sin the way you want, plowed up (Hosea 10:12). Lord I step out in faith and trust in You only and completely. Lord if I need to be broken, break me, I know I need to be searched, search me, I know I need to be molded mold me. I recognize You are good and great and worthy of much praise. AMEN!

See you at the track soon and have a great day in the SONshine,

Todd

PRN’S Albright to Speak at MASCS Banquet

There is an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend the pre-banquet conference where Rob Albright will be speaking. Please make plans to join us.

FORT ATKISON, Wis. (December 5, 2011) – Performance Racing Network play-by-play man Rob Albright will be the keynote speaker at the Mid-American Stock Car Series banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Mid-American and Albright will also share insight and host a question and answer session prior to the banquet. The pre-banquet conference will take place at 3:00 p.m. and will be open to the public free of charge.

In following several motorsports trade publications, Albright has kept tabs on Mid-American. He said he sees Mid-American as a great opportunity for the grassroots level racer.

“I see organizations like Mid-American as one of two things,” Albright said. “It can be something to aspire to for those who don’t want to run at the same race track every week and want to race in a highly competitive touring series. Or for others who want to move on in their career and strive for an even higher level, it’s certainly a great stepping stone.”

Just as most that have made the jump to NASCAR in any form or fashion, Albright’s career began on the short tracks. Albright grew up in a small town near Indianapolis where his father was an auto dealer that raced on weekend. He later followed in his father’s footsteps at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

“It was absolutely foundational to what I have been able to do in motorsports,” Albright said of his background. “My passion has been, and always will be short track racing.”

After a couple of years competing on-track, Albright decided to follow his priorities and focus more on his family. When he told Speedrome track owner John Stiles that he would no longer be racing, Stiles surprisingly asked, “Hey, you talk a lot and you know the drivers, so how about being my PA announcer if you aren’t going to race?” Albright said ‘yes’, and after just a year on the microphone, he got an unexpected call from ASA President Rex Robbins.

Over the next several years in ASA, Rob met and got to know eventual NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, and numerous others, including ASA, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Truck Series champion Johnny Benson. “But I’ll save the rest of that story for the banquet”, Albright said.

“With the best of intentions, we all make annual New Year’s resolutions”, Albright continued. “But instead of talking about resolutions, most of which are quickly forgotten, I plan to talk about ‘New Year’s Revolutions and Realizations’. We are all being affected by the challenging economic times, either in our own lives or of someone close to us. I hope to bring a message of challenge and encouragement that no matter what is happening in the world around us, we can choose to make 2012 truly our best year ever. And there are some very practical ways to make it a reality.”

Albright concluded, “It begins with taking an honest look in the mirror, then determining what’s really most important in life. For me, my life’s priorities are my relationship with Christ first, my family second, my work third and my interests fourth. In all honesty, it hasn’t always been that way for me. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve discovered that as long as I keep those priorities in perspective, I have real peace and fulfillment, and can experience what I call ‘God sightings’ as a result. I want to encourage others to identify what is most important to them, to set their own priorities accordingly, and just see how enjoyable and rewarding life can be when they do.”

Mid-American hosts its 2011 awards banquet on Saturday, January 14 at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. More information will be available through the MASCS Web site in the coming weeks. For more information on the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center visit www.wintergreen-resort.com.

For more information about the Mid-American Stock Car Series, including results, the final 2011 standings and driver information visit www.midamericanracing.com.

Rob Albright-Motorsports Bio

For the past fifteen seasons, Rob Albright’s favorite avocation has been providing the play-by-play action of NASCAR events on the Performance Racing Network, heard nationwide on over 400 radio stations and the Sirius satellite network.

Albright has been around racing his entire life, growing up in the Midwest where his dad raced sprint cars in the 1950’s. At age 10, Rob got his first “job” in motorsports, selling newspapers in the grandstands at the “Indy 500”.

After college, while building a career as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Rob raced in numerous World Karting Association events. After a couple of years behind the wheel, he traded his racing helmet for a microphone as public address announcer at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

In 1987, Rob became the “voice” of the American Speed Association (ASA), eventually co-anchoring the ASA national television broadcasts on TNN. It was in ASA that he met and worked with eventual NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Ted Musgrave, Johnny Benson, and the late Alan Kulwicki, along with Dick Trickle, Bob Senneker, Mike Eddy, the Sauters, and others.

From 1996 through 2002, Albright partnered with Cup driver Johnny Benson to form Competitive Group, Inc., a motorsports management and marketing company. When JB moved to NASCAR’s Truck Series, Rob became VP of Strategic Alliances for Motorpsorts Authentics to oversee driver development and the Strategic Asset Marketing Group.

Today, Albright is a Principal in Veteran Logistics Company, providing ‘best in class’ energy and environmental solutions to the military, government and industrial markets. Since 2005, Rob has also served on the Advisory Board of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Motorsports Management Technology program.

Rob and his wife Connie make their home in Concord, NC and are both active in leadership and in the Marriage Ministry at Grace Covenant Church in Huntersville, NC. Their faith in Jesus Christ is at the very core of who they are. The Albrights have been blessed with two adult daughters and eight wonderful grandchildren.

Merry Christmas 2011, part 2

So you have read the first part and said, “I opened that gift up years ago.” I say, “Praise the LORD!” Or maybe you just got saved. I want to talk with you now. Did you know there are gift for you under the tree from the LORD yet?

Of course the most valuable gift is salvation but God leaves us gifts like kindness, mercy, grace, love, faithfulness compassion, forgiveness and so on. To the saved there is a gift that is vital to open and God continues to replenish this gift. Think of the same principles as above, a giver and a receiver. The giver wants His gift to be opened and used and the receiver should open and use the gift given.

God also wants us to be renewed daily along with repenting of sin, turning from sin and our old nature. As believers we are to live a life of continual repenting. There will always be sin to deal with but there is no greater joy than to be found broken and humble before the LORD. 1 Corinthians 7:7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; Yes God has given each of us a gift to be used for His glory and to point others to Him. It is a sad thing to leave the gift God has give to you wrapped and under the tree. He has prepared a good work for each of us.

It is also a sad thing to hear of or to live a life of non-repentance, another gift God grants us. We do not want a hardened (Hebrews 3:7b-8 Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion), calloused heart (Psalm 17:10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance and Matthew 13:15.) that breaks down fellowship with the Lord. Anytime that happens it is as if we are saying we are more important than what God thinks and knows and wills is right and holy. It is always centered in pride and we do not want to be found that way.

Is there a sin you need to deal with in confession and repents? Christmas will be some much better if we come clean on a sin, own up to it and deal with it as the Lord wants to.

God bless your Christmas and Merry Christmas. See you at a track soon and have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Todd

Merry Christmas 2011, part 1

Think with me. You are mostly going to be giving and getting gifts this week and next. I want to look at both sides of that with you. It is better to be the giver, right? Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘” There is a thrill to have picked out that great gift and to watch the person open it. How would you feel if they would just keep it under the tree and when they packed up the tree they picked up the gift too? That would not make me happy how about you? How about you have a son that races and you get him a fire suit or a cool new helmet? How about a new engine? Instead he just ran around in last year’s tired motor when he could have a bunch of new, fresh power. You might even get a little ticked off at him wondering why he didn’t open the gift up and he just replied, “I didn’t want to and I may or may not get around to it later, or maybe not at all.”

Let’s turn the table and think about being the receiver of a gift. Someone took the time to think of you and get a gift you wanted. Like a sponsor buying gas or tires for a season and instead of receiving, opening it you just say, “no thanks.” That would be ridiculous. Teams are begging for money to get on the track. Instead we look forward to grabbing that wrapping paper and ripping it open to see what is there.

Now let’s think of this from a Jesus view. Jesus has a gift, is a gift for each one of us. God has given a gift of His Son, John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. In that gift is a second gift, Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is how it is describes it, 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! Yes in Christmas we celebrate that tremendous gift of Jesus, God, coming to us ready and willing to pay for our sin so that we have a way to and for salvation, a sure foundation, Isaiah 33:6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. But we are told we have to receive it, John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-. God desires for each of us to be saved. How silly, or foolish, I was not to receive that gift for so long. I am grateful God did not end my life before I opened His indescribable gift. What a pity it is to not open His gift of salvation. It is the very best gift of a Christmas, to see one you care about get saved.

DON’T miss it! Recognize your sin and need for the LORD, the Savior, for the gift. Turn to Him (Repent). Call out to Him and receive the gift of salvation. DO it now. Do not go another Christmas leaving the greatest gift under the tree for God desires for all to be saved, 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God bless your Christmas and Merry Christmas. See you at a track soon and have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Todd