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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

GETTING STARTED
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  As we begin to get things sorted consideration needs to be given to our journey. How did we get to this place and time? Who invested their time and effort to mold and shape the person we have become. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Have we ever taken the time to look back on our life and reflect on those people that had an influence on us? I think if we take the time to do that we would see the tremendous blessings God has provided for us. We would see that Godís hand has been on our lives.

  Letís take a little test this week. It is of the closed book variety, no looking. The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. Spend a few minutes reviewing the following questions.

Part I

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

  How did you do?

  The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Part II

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of those people that you enjoy sharing your time with.

  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

  Racing is no different; the relationships we build only count if we truly invest time and care for others. Think about it, look around, we can separate those who truly care from those who do not. Many times the relationships we have in racing have more to do with what we can give others. How about our outlook? Do we have some relationships with people based only on what they can do for you?

  We will take a look at the 23rd Psalm and what it meant to David when he realized that God truly cared for him. He knew God and struggled through many trying times in his life. He wondered out loud many times about where God was and why wasnít He taking care of the things the way David thought he should. We all do that donít we?

  There is a point in our lives when we desire to figure things out. David came to a point in his life. He wrote many reflective words in the Psalms. Psalm 23 is one that is familiar to most of us. We will spend a few weeks reading it and meditating on what it means for us to have a relationship with God.

Psalm 23; A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

  As we read this let us reflect on the comfort and mercy God provides. The blessings of having a relationship with Him. We need to reflect on the lessons we have learned in our own life. How has Godís hand been with us guiding us through? What comes to mind when we read this?

  My wife and I were talking the other day about the life we have had together; looking back on the life we have lived. We came to one conclusion. We have been truly blessed by God. David came to the same conclusion.

  This week read Psalm 23, meditate on it. Let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. We will break it down into smaller pieces and examine it more closely. Start with the first line, ask yourself; what does it mean ďnot to want?Ē Let God change our perspective, adjust our focus.

  David said, God guides my life and controls what is ahead. As long as I follow Him I will not have to worry about what I need to live. God will take care of me. I will have everything I need.

  Have a great week and God Bless.

  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.

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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: January 20, 2017

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