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1/18/12

EXPECTATIONS

I have been teaching through the book of Colossians from the pulpit at Emmanuel Baptist over the past few months and thought that might be a good place to concentrate our Winter Bible Study. This week it has been placed on my heart to jump right in. What do we expect from others? What do others expect from us? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Meeting and exceeding expectations has been a catch phrase in corporate America for some time now. Everyone wants to meet or exceed their expectations. Have you ever stopped to think what that means?

I remember a day when a man’s word was his word. A handshake was all that was needed to close a deal. You knew that integrity and honesty were character traits that others possessed. Yes, there were exceptions, but you learned quickly who you could trust and who you needed to shy away from.

Racing has its share of folks that you can count on. It also has its share of characters. We all have to learn for ourselves who means what they say and who doesn’t. Sometimes the lessons are painful and the cost is great.

I find it interesting how few times when a team is formed, the participants sit down and outline what the expectations of each member are. Sure there is the main goal; Win! But beyond that, what are the expectations of each member?

I think we fly by the seat of our pants, we assume we will figure it out as we go, things will fall into place. When we are successful, there are no problems, but let the performance and the success fall and the infighting starts. I think the root of this is not fully understanding the expectations.

The driver seems to bear the brunt of the responsibility, they are the spokesperson and to a large extent the only face of the team most will see. Some are comfortable with that and some do not do well with it. The fact remains, good or bad, the driver is the out front. The driver can make or break a team with their comments.

Just think back over the last few months, how many drivers have created difficult situations for their teams because of their comments and actions? Quite a few. Many of those situations are resolved by the changing of personnel; driver included.

Our relationships in life are much the same, when we do not meet the expectations of others or they do not meet ours there is strain and tension. Resolving that can go in two directions; repair and strive to do better or tear apart and separate.

I have seen both; many time people take the easy way out, they run away. Sometimes people are willing to face the truth and change. I admire those who when faced with the challenge of change, embrace it and strive to become better.

I have heard all the excuses and I am sure you have too. I remember one fellow shared with me once; “I’m okay with who I am and if that isn’t good enough, well I’ll just have to live with it.” I need to share with you that man is living a very lonely life. It is easy to refuse to meet expectations, but that road does not lead to a full life.

Does God have expectations for us as His children? Yes, there are some character traits that should set us apart, Paul shares them with us.

Colossians 3:1-17; Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

    Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If we belong to Christ, there are some things we have to change about the way we live, the things we say, the feelings in our hearts and the thought in our minds. Join me as we explore these verses and how we can apply them to our lives in the hope that we can conform our lives to reflect the character of God.

Romans 12:1-2; Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

NC BOUND - Monday morning came early this week; on the road headed south to say goodbye to a friend. With Howie, Mary and Dave in tow we hit the road. As I drive through the darkness with the road singing in my ear I think a lot. I would have plenty of time to think on this quick trip. Thoughts turn to reflection and then they cause you to take a look at the way you live your life.

Rodger didn’t plan on leaving us; in fact I think it was the furthest thing from his mind. With a new season on the horizon, a new piece in the garage and a young and talented driver ready to take a shot at getting a handle on driving a modified, the future seemed certain. It was, but not the way we had planned.

That’s what I think about; I wonder how many things in our lives do we plan for, prepare for and even sacrifice for that never happen? Would we be better off living each day like it was our last and letting those who mean so much to us know how much we care for them? Yes, I think so.

As I drive I see the impatience of those around me, too many of us are speeding along trying to get things done that in the blink of an eye, will be meaningless. We need to adjust our focus, slow down and allow the daily living of life be meaningful. Too many times we just try to get through it and hope tomorrow will be better.

It is times like these that should cause us to reflect on how much of our life is out of our control. I urge you to take this opportunity to slow down, seek out what is truly important in life and pursue that. When all is said and done, it won’t matter how many things we owned or trophies we won, it will matter how many lives we touched.

Sandra, David and the entire Hill family were overwhelmed with the outpouring of heartfelt sadness for their loss. The number of people that came and shared about how Rodger had touched their lives was amazing. Sandra shared, “I didn’t know he had so many friends.” There is no greater comfort for those who have lost someone they love than to see how many other lives were touched. Rodger Hill will be missed, but his legacy will live on.

MOTORSPORTS 2012 - Time to retool; things don’t always work out the way you plan so we will have to make some adjustments. As of this writing I can confirm that Ronnie Silk and Todd Szegedy will be in the Racing with Jesus Booth to sign autographs on Saturday. George and Andy had things come up that won’t allow them to be there. There is a possibility of Andy Seuss being available on Sunday to sign some autographs.

We will have the #6 Whelen Modified Tour Championship Car on display along with one of our pace cars and a Green Flag Driving Experience TQMidget. We are waiting for confirmations on some other cars so you will have to come by to check us out; we may have a surprise or two for you.

LEGENDS HELPING LEGENDS - Legends Helping Legends honors the Flock Family, Racing with Jesus Ministries will be a part of the 6th Annual Legends Helping Legends on Saturday February 4, 2012 from 10am-2pm at Memory Lane Museum, 769 River Hwy, Mooresville NC, home of the Racers Reunion Hall of Fame.

This event will be in honor of the Flock Family. The Racing Flock family consisted of Brothers Tim, Bob, Fonty, and Sister Ethel. The Flocks were great drivers and to this day hold many distinguished racing records. They contributed much to the sport of racing and Tim, the youngest brother, was considered the leader in wins and accomplishments. Tim’s wife Frances, also a true asset to the sport of racing, will be our honored guest at this event.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the medical fund of Old Timer’s Racing Club which helps early racing veterans in need. This group is under the leadership of Mike Sykes who devotes much of his time to supporting the people who were the true back bone of Racing.

If you are in the neighborhood stop by and support this worthy cause.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend at the show. Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at www.rwjm.com. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Remember that God loves you, we love you and

Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084. Check our weekly printed pages in "Area Auto Racing News", the East Coast’s largest weekly racing paper" Check our home page www.rwjm.com for past articles. Drop us a note and share your input and thoughts. Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful financial support.

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

CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

    January 18

WILL & JENNIFER POIGNONNEC- This Oakland Valley Race Park (Cuddebackville, NY) Kart racer and wife share 9th anniversary.

GREG & DEBBIE DICKERSON- LI Mod fans enjoy their special day.

    January 20

JOHN & SANDY LEGER- This CT based LM driver and wife have their 21st anniversary.

GERG & VENETTA NARDUCCI- This FL based couple celebrates 34 years together.

    January 21

ED & LINDA SANSEVERINO- This AARN/RWJM photographer and wife from Hillsborough, NC have their 37th anniversary.

    January 22

IRA & KIMBERLY HARTOUGH, JR.- Long time fans of Bob Park, NASCAR Modified driver, have their 12th.

    January 23

KERRY & RENE' EARNHARDT- This Kannapolis, NC ARCA/NNS driving son of the late Dale share their 14th anniversary.

BOB & LOIS MARTI- This Watertown, CT Modified Team crewman and wife have their 44th anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

    January 18

VAL LeSIEUR- No. Easton, MA former Publisher of "Speedway Scene."

BEN DODGE- Vernon, CT Whelen Modified Tour Start/Finish Productions Team owner and Thompson Speedway Special Advisor.

GINA FRANCIS- Wife of former Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT crewman Tom, both now residing happily in Denver,NC.

NICOLE ACKERLY- Daughter of Orange County driver Ray and wife Paula.

ROBERT GEIBEL- A very special friend of Laura Dennis from Brick, NJ and a Jamie Tomaino WMT and Steve Park fan.

BRAEDEN DOUST, Marcellus, NY - son of Sportsman driver Greg Doust.

    January 19

BOB McCREADIE- Watertown, NY winningest ever NY dirt Modified drivers.

GARRETT EVANS- Ardenvoir, WA NASCAR West driver and NASCAR Truck team owner.

JOE HEATH- Northridge, CA NASCAR West driver.

TOM HESLIN- Plainville, CT spotter for the Ted Christopher driven WMT team.

JONATHAN WAWRZONEK- Son of Fonda Speedway fans, Ron and Gloria Hanna.

    January 20

KENNY BRIGHTBILL- Sinking Springs, PA legendary and active dirt Mod driver.

DONALD SMITH- NC Modified driver.

BARRY BABB- Beech Ridge Speedway LM driver.

RICHIE GALLUP- Springfield, MA Modified driver.

JERRY CATANIA- A son of CT Mod owner, Joe.

MIKE ADASKAVEG- "Speedway Illustrated" photographer.

GORDY KILLIAN- Reading, PA Sprint writer/photographer.

ROSE TEETER- Wife and NSC fan with husband Paul of Ithaca, NY.

    January 21

ERNIE SAXTON- Fellow AARN columnist and Motorsports Marketing President of Langhorne, PA and president of Eastern Motorsports Press Association.

GARY "BUGS" HAIRFIELD- Chesterfield, VA LMSC driver.

BUD KUEHNE- Clinton, CT  Waterford LM driver.

HARRY SOLT- NH based NASCAR KNPSE crewman.

BILLY SOLT- Lehigh Valley, PA NASCAR WMT crewman and Harry's twin.

BOB RUDNE- Brother of Norwich, CT race car letterer Alan Coulle.

LINDA BROWN- Riverhead Raceway fan.

    January 22

DAVE STACY- Enon, OH former Dash Series driver.

JACK CARUSO- Former New Jersey dirt Sportsman driver and crewman, also proud dad of Micro sprint driver Angela Caruso.

    January 23

HERB DRUGG- Troy,NH NASCAR KNPSE driver.

BRAD HIETALA- Ellington, CT Modified driver.

    January 24

BRETT ROUBINEK- Chicago, IL born, Lakeville, CT occasional Crystal Rock Water NASCAR KNPSE driver and lead sports car driving instructor.

GARY SPENCER- Shickshinny, PA NASCAR KNPSE driver from the famous Berwick, PA racing family.

AUSTIN CAMERON- El Cajon, CA NASCAR West driver.

TINA CAMPBELL- Wife of Busch Sport Scene editor and organizer of the Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Poker Run for Charity, George

JENSEN PICARDL- Riverhead Raceway crewman/ driver.

JEFF SANDT- Gainseville, GA All Pro/ UDTRA photographer and writer.

JAMES CASEY- Seekonk Speedway fan.

ALEXANDRIA TWINEM- The daughter of Brookfield, WI fans Tom and Carita.

SHARE YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS WITH YOUR RACING FAMILY. SEND THEM TO RACING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES AT PO BOX 586, Tolland, CT, 06084

 

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