The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  Have you ever made a commitment to do something only to rethink it later and decide not to follow through? One of the challenges we face today is keeping our word, being who we say we are. Sometimes walking away is not an option, we need to move down the road planned for us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  As we prepare for the Celebration of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday, next week, we first have to realize that Jesus had to be willing to follow through with the plan. He made a commitment to his Father that he would follow through. When it came time for the plan to be complete, the cost was high, the suffering was great, the road difficult to walk. I am thankful that Jesus walked the road that led to the cross.

Luke 22:42, nlt, ďFather, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.Ē

  I think we see the least loyalty in the world of sports as it relates to teams and players. For the sake of money, wins and egos; players, teams and franchises change location. I still do not think the Indianapolis Colts should be allowed to use that name. And what about the NBA, the Lakers in LA? Do you know they were called the Lakers because they were located in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes? And donít get me started on the Dodgers or Braves!

  There are many examples of franchises switching horses for the sake of a better deal. Donít get me wrong, I think we all need to make the changes necessary for us to be the best we can be, but letís not just jump ship on a whim. God has put a plan in place for our lives and if we deviate from the course because we see greener pastures then we will miss the blessing that perseverance brings.

  Charles Schultz once wrote, ďThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence until you get over there and discover it is artificial turf.Ē

  Racing is no better than other sports, things change every year, we call it silly season. Race fans are pretty tolerant though, they get a new wardrobe every year. As sponsors change, colors change, styles change. We donít have to worry about something wearing out, before it can wear out the driver, team or track has a different sponsor. Be honest now, how many of you have a t-shirt in the drawer that you havenít worn because the sponsor changed before you could wear it?

  One of the things that I miss, and I am sure I am not alone, are things you can count on. Things that will always be there no matter what tomorrow brings. I am a big fan of those who have stood by their commitments, allowed themselves to be held accountable to the promises they made and persevere through the challenges to reap the blessings that come from a hard road traveled. Jesus would be the one I turn to for that example.

Philippians 2:3-11; Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  We have lost something very valuable in our society; our word. A contract, written or spoken, means nothing. If the tables turn and things are not going in our favor, we just walk away. There is much to be said for those who persevere through the challenges; they will see the blessings of God.

 Think about Christ and the plan for his life. Jesus; the one who possesses all power and authority must set that aside, come into the world as a baby, allow himself to be raised by a family and when he is thirty three he will die a horrific death at the hands of the people he came to save. I am reminded of the poem, One Solitary Life;

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book.

He never held an office.

He never had a family or owned a house.

He didn't go to college.

He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place He was born.

He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.

He had no credentials but Himself.

He was only 33 when public opinion turned against Him.

His friends deserted Him.

He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.

When He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had.. . . on earth.

When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind's progress.

All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life.

  Jesus fulfilled the plan of His Father, He persevered through the challenges; physical, mental and spiritual, He ran the good race, He finished the course, and He is seated at the right hand of God. He intercedes for us for the forgiveness of our sins. He is our Hope and Salvation.

  As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection remember that before there could be a resurrection someone had to walk through the valley of the death. Someone had to persevere through the challenges. Someone had to follow through and move down the road, the road that led to death, death on a cross.

  We must allow ourselves to be held accountable to the commitment we made before God. To be held accountable to living a life that honors God, no matter where that road leads. We cannot allow ourselves to be led away from God just because it is the easier way to go. We must persevere.

  Find yourself a good friend who knows you well. If you do not have one, start building a relationship with someone. When you have someone to walk by your side, help you maintain your focus on Christ, correct your steps when they stray and pick you up when you fall, you will find it much easier to honor God with your life. It may not always be comfortable, but it will always be worth the effort.


  BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND 600 HP - It is by the grace of God that we can be out here continuing to serve you. He makes it all possible through people like you who have partnered with us to bring the grace of God to the racing community. As we get ready to roll into the racing season here in the Northeast we have already been to many places throughout this country. We have already logged many miles in our effort to embrace the plans God has put in place and reach out to the racing community.

  God continues to assemble a great team at RWJM to accomplish His Plan. As we follow God and accept new responsibilities we discover the need for additional resources. We share with you some of our needs with the hope that God has put it on your heart to partner with us.

  We stand ready to serve and promote those who come onboard as partners with us. We are a 501c3 charity registered with the IRS and any gift we receive is eligible for a full tax deduction.

  Please pray about how you might partner with us and give us the ability to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the racing world. A one dollar donation from everyone who reads this would provide for many trips down the road. We are excited as we look ahead. We are able to see Godís plan unfold before us. Pray that we would honor God in all that we do. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! Thank You.

  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.

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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


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: March 18, 2016

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