We have all heard the excuse about having good intentions. We want to do the
right thing. We have every intention of doing the right thing. We just, for
some reason, donít follow through. When we set out to do what is right it
takes faith, courage, strength and wisdom to accomplish the task. How are we
doing in following through on our intentions? Greetings in the name of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
You have heard it said that the road to hell is paved with good
intentions. Do you know why that is true? It is true because we donít follow
through. Somewhere along the line our actions create a different result than
Just coming back from Bristol reminds me of so much of how we intend one
thing yet the result is different. That famous line from that still so
popular driver, I didnít mean to spin him out, I just wanted to ďrattle his
cage.Ē Dale Sr. talking about the spinning of race leader Terry Labonte on
his way to Victory Lane. I am sure his intentions meant absolutely nothing
In the heat of the moment it is difficult to restrain ourselves. It is
difficult to follow through on the best of intentions. We want to, but the
fact remains, we donít. We have heard it several times in a post-race
incident interview, ďI didnít do it intentionally.Ē
Now I should point out here that I have heard drivers say they did it
intentionally. That doesnít make it right but they do get points for
When we have the intention to do something and it is the right thing,
what causes us to choose to do something different? Let me suggest a few
things, pride, getting even, anger, fear, etc. The list is long. We are
overcome by our selfish desires and they reverse our intentions. Oh, we
reason it out and feel that people will forgive us for this one little lapse
in judgment. You know the saying, ďit is better to ask for forgiveness than
permission.Ē We spend too much time thinking how we can do the wrong thing
and get away with it. We should be focused on doing what is right and
treating people right.
It takes courage to do the right thing. It also takes faith in God. Let
me explain, when we choose to do what is right we expose ourselves. We open
ourselves up for others to see, some will ridicule us for being soft and
wimpy but that is not true. In fact we are being gracious and merciful. Two
things God is with us.
Look at this scenario, youíre on the track racing as hard as you can,
peddling for all your worth. You make a mistake and drive it in too deep.
You have two choices, the right one is to lift and brake, keep the car low,
allow the outside cars to pass and then regain your position by racing back
through the pack. The wrong thing is to keep your foot in it, wash up the
track, hit the guy outside of you and as a result leave all kinds of carnage
in your rearview mirror as you drive away, saved by the car on the outside.
The postrace goes something like this, ďI thought I could make it, washed
up a little, but thatís racing.Ē
The truth be told, you made a mistake and you refused to do the right
thing with the hope you could deal with the consequences of you actions. It
happens all the time. One thing is true about people, we will not change
until we canít deal with the consequences of our choices.
Let me put that a different way, racers wonít respect each other until
they realize that the consequence for their actions cost them the race.
There are many options officials have to change a driverís tactics, a black
flag, sending them to the rear, suspending them and even requesting that the
get professional help before they return to the track to race. The
responsibility for using these options fall on the race officials and I
would hope their intentions are right when they administer these penalties.
Let it be said though that unless discipline in enacted the competitors will
not change. I believe it has to cost us something before we are willing to
admit our actions need to be changed.
I have seen all these work to varying degrees. I would prefer that we
could all act and drive in a manner that is right, but I know that is
wishful thinking. Read the driverís prayer many of you have in your cars. In
it we ask God to direct our actions so that those actions would honor Him.
In many cases our actions only honor ourselves and God isnít even in the
picture. I can assure you of one thing, God will not bless actions that do
not honor Him. When we start acting on our good intentions and we respect
and value those we compete with, then and only then will the blessing come.
I was reading a passage this week from the book of Acts that demonstrates
that acting on good intentions will bring not only blessings but also,
miraculous changes in someoneís life.
ACTS 3:1-10, One day Peter and John were going
up to the temple at the time of prayer--at three in the afternoon. Now a man
crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful,
where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter
looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the
man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.Ē Taking him by the right
hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became
strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into
the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the
people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man
who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were
filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
A couple things to note, Peter commanded the
attention of the lame beggar; he intended to help him, not in the way the
beggar expected but in a much more substantial way. Peter reached out and
touched the man, having faith that if he reached out and helped him up that
God would do the rest. God proved faithful and healed the man.
This is pretty dramatic and you may say thatís great but God doesnít
perform miracles like that today. I would disagree. I know, in fact, of
several lives that have been changed because we reached out and helped
someone up. I know of a racer on the modified tour who was headed in the
wrong direction. He was disciplined and we were asked to step in and help.
We did. We put our trust and faith in God that we would do the right thing
and honor Him. We reached out and helped that driver out of the situation
that crippled his diving ability. He responded by winning the rookie of the
year and now is contending for the championship. He, like the beggar, had
faith to get up and stretch his legs. His new found strength supported him
and he soon learned to run and jump with joy.
When we are motivated by the right intentions and we have our faith in
God that He will work things out, we will receive His blessing. Not every
day will be glorious, we will still need to learn how to use our new legs,
but God will walk with us, guiding us through and letting us lean on Him
when we need strength, encouragement and love.
Letís take a look at our intentions this week, are they honoring to God?
If so, do we have the faith, courage, strength and wisdom to act on them? Do
we even have a relationship with God to know what the right intentions
should be? My prayer for you this week is that you would have the best
intentions in mind in every decision that you make, and that is to please
God. Let that intention guide your thoughts, words and actions this week,
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
ITíS BRISTOL BABY - If you take a look around you will see that
the economy isnít what it once was. People have to be more selective in
their choices. The early race at Bristol is one for the diehard racing fans.
This race reveals the true nucleus of the sports fan base. With events
toward the end of the season carrying more weight and the cost of attending
the same, I think folks are making a choice to use what resources they have
to get the most bang for the buck.
I was disappointed that we couldnít stay closer to the track. We were
about 50 miles away and still overpaid for a room. We were not alone as also
in our motel was one of the race teams. I wonder how many empty rooms in the
local hotels it will take before the room rates return to something
Bristol hasnít lost its ability to get driverís to take chances. Watching
the Xfinity race on Saturday as we waited for the K&N Pro Series event
showed some aggressive three-wide racing. In the end a Erik Jones bested the
cup regulars and the two Kyleís were none too happy. As they walked to the
post-race interviews they were both shaking their heads in disappointment
and wonderment about how they let the victory slip away. Larson said I just
messed that up.
The K&N Tilt was a heartfelt celebration, Whelen All-American Tennessee
State Champion Chad Finchum and Morgan-McClure Racing teamed up to stop the
dominance of Todd Gilliland and Bill McAnally. Fitting that a couple of
Irish surnames battled at Bristol. A Tennessee champion and a Virginia based
Race team steeped in NASCAR history return to victory lane at Bristol. What
a great ending to a quick trip to Bristol.
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