Perfection is a noble goal. The fact is we are not perfect. Each one of us has imperfections, idiosyncrasies that identify us. Things we struggle with and against. They exist to remind us that we are not there yet. It’s okay to acknowledge the things we still need to work on. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
What we see isn’t always what we get. It is also true that what we think is happening and the reality of the story are sometimes very different. I point to the ugly side of social media, a place where things are said, accusations are leveled, conclusions are drawn and opinions are made. I am not sure what the motivation is, but I am sure it is not to help move things in a positive direction.
Racing is full of passion, full of characters, full of individuals joined together by a desire to race. Why do we expend so much time and effort to tear it down? I guess we all do not have the same desire to see the sport we love thrive and flourish. I think we need to heed the advice of Jesus.
Matthew 7:1-5; NLT, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
I think we need to take a step back and realize we all have enough of our own issues to deal with and should turn our attention to ourselves before we start picking at others. It has become a popular past time to pick at others. It seems that is all we do. If we continue we may destroy the sport we claim to care so much about.
I do need to point out that the people of racing comprise some of the most eclectic cross section of society I can imagine. From those who earn six figure plus incomes to those who are just getting by paycheck to paycheck to those who choose to race over eating. We are racers, we come to run against the best and win.
I was reminded the other day of how a racer is born. A friend brought his young son to an open house at the local Quarter-midget track. Now his son had already played some stick and ball sports, those were fun but nothing compared to this. I received a picture of this little guy all suited up sitting in the car. His dad gave him two instructions, “Don’t hit the wall and keep it out of the grass”. Done, a racer is born. The little guy took off and started turning laps. The video revealed he followed his instructions well. He was running like a pro. It would be hard to believe this was the first time he ever drove a car. A racer is born, he can’t wait to go back. I think dad is figuring out how to fit the racing equipment in the garage. The smile on a young boys face when you ask him about it tells everything. The next generation is coming.
We need to remember we are just custodians of this thing we call racing. We are here to preserve it for the next generation. We are not here to destroy and tear it down. Let us consider how we can encourage, support and help it survive.
As much as we need to focus on what we have in common in racing than what our differences are the same can be said in our lives. Society has fallen into a trap of feeling the world revolves around the individual. We are individuals but we are interdependent. The quality of our life is connected to those around us. As I said earlier, each one of us has imperfections, idiosyncrasies that identify us. Wouldn’t it be great if we would acknowledge that and not feel the need to point it out?
Sometimes we are too quick to judge others and not consider our own shortcomings. We need to check our desire to point out the flaws we see in others at the door. If we follow the advice of Jesus we would look at our own faults. We would realize that the whole story, the reasons behind what we see and hear are much different than what we think. Jesus instructs us to be careful before you pick up a stone and throw it.
John 8:1-11, NLT, Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
We have the power to heal, forgive and restore the lives of people around us. First we need take a step back and understand we are not the judge and jury. We have the power to build up and not tear down. If we follow the teaching of Jesus we will see ourselves as we truly are and consider how we might take steps to deal with our own issues before we decide to condemn others because of their issues.
We will always be tempted to point out the error we perceive others are making. It is far easier to point out what is wrong than to look deeper and find the good. Resist that temptation! It tears down the racing community, it tears apart lives and it will destroy all we have.
“…let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.