We have come to the conclusion of our winter Bible study and have covered
many topics. Have they given us cause to reevaluate some of our thoughts and
actions? I know they have mine. Letís take a quick trip to victory lane for
a race recap from the winner. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
If you have been riding along with us you know that for the past few
weeks we have been reading and studying Psalm 23. Recorded by David to help
us see what he learned as he went through life. He helps us understand what
God has for us.
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
We covered three main topics that should help
us put the right foundation in place in our lives to face the days and weeks
ahead. Think about these as we review: one; who is responsible, two; who is
leading, and three; what is it worth.
We deal with these three every day in racing. Who is paying the bills?
They are the ones ultimately responsible for making things happen. You
cannot race without money. That person makes or breaks a racing program,
without someone who has the resources and truly cares there is no program.
You can have the resources but without the heart it doesnít have the same
meaning. The person paying the bills has to have their heart in it also.
God, in a similar way wants us to know He cares for us and he loves us,
He created us and plans an abundant life for us. He has the resources to
provide for our every need and His heart is in it, He loved us so much that
He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice His life for us.
I was reminded of the illustration of the chicken and the pig. You see to
provide breakfast for us the chicken participated, provided the eggs, but
the pig was committed, he gave his life for the bacon. Which one would you
rather team up with, someone who wants to participate or someone who is
willing to give their life to provide for you? I think I want the latter.
God has the resources and cares for each one of us. He doesnít just want to
participate in our life, He is committed to providing for us.
We then moved on to leadership and asked ourselves the question, who is
leading the parade? There are only two choices here, God or us, one is right
and one is wrong, you probably can guess at this one. Funny thing is though,
we think we know better and only when we have dug ourselves in over our head
do we look to God for help. I am thankful that we serve a caring and
forgiving God and when I cry for help, He reaches down and pulls me out of
the hole I am in. Remember the right road is not always the easy way.
I asked for Strength.........And God gave me Difficulties to make me
I asked for Wisdom.........And God gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity.........And God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage.........And God gave me Danger to overcome.
I asked for Love.........And God gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors.........And God gave me Opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted........I received everything I needed !
We then moved on to evaluate the value of a relationship with God, what
is it worth? Make an offer is a common phrase we have in racing, the value
of something is only worth what someone is willing to pay. Many things we
sell for less than we paid because we donít need them any longer. Once they
were the most valued thing we had but now they donít hold the same value.
Stop here and think about the relationships you have had in your life.
Think about the stages of those and how some of them are not what they used
to be, frankly because we do not value them any longer. For whatever reason
we have determined they are not worth the effort to maintain.
God desires a relationship with each one of us. Our value to him does not
change no matter what we do. He values us so much that He gave His life for
us. He has the resources, He cares for us, He knows what we need, He will
not leave us or forsake us. He is worthy.
It is all summed up in this one verse;
Psalm 23:1, nlt; The Lord is my Shepard, I have everything I need.
Start the foundation that will withstand the storms that life will throw
at us. Stand firm in your reliance on God to provide, to lead and to care
for you. God Bless.
THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT - We received several encouraging
envelopes in response to our request a few weeks back. Thank you to all
those who took the time and made the effort. We are still receiving those
envelopes and words cannot express how much they mean. Thank you; we are
heading in the right direction to retire the debt!
PARTNERS STILL NEEDED - As we look ahead to the 2017 season there
are many opportunities for you to partner for us. We have trips on the
schedule to Memphis, TN; Berlin, MI; Newton, IA and many others. Thank you
to the two partners that have come on board to help with our journey. If you
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Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto
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