I remember an old commercial with the tag line ďLife comes at you fastĒ.
There is truth to that statement. In a moment life can change. How prepared
are we to face the unexpected? Where does our direction and guidance come
from? Who is our source of courage and strength? Greetings in the name of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, life has changed in the blink
of an eye. What we thought would always be has been taken away. We struggle
with the shock of the unexpected. We search for strength. We turn to each
other in our grief for support.
Why do we run the race? Because unless you run the race the results
cannot be predicted. We do not know what will play out on the racetrack. No
one knows whose car will make it, who will have a failure, who will make a
poor decision and who will be affected by it. That is why we run the race.
How the race will play out and how life will play out have some
similarities. Racing has changed for many of us with the loss of TC. Look
also at the recent natural disasters and how they have completely turned the
lives of people upside down. Our life can turn on something totally out of
our control. We need to know where to turn when things happen.
Listen to the guidance that James gives us;
James 5:13-16, Is any
one of you in trouble? He should pray.
Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over
him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord
will raise him up.
If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that
you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James tells us that no matter where our
life has gone we need to acknowledge that it is in Godís control. If you are
sick or you have sinned, lift up your prayer, in faith, to God and you will
be made well and your sins forgiven. If you are happy, blessed, then
acknowledge who the blessings came from, God. He is the one that supplies
everything we need. In good times and bad we need to remember it is God who
has the control.
More importantly though look at what it tells us about how we should
relate to each other. We should confess our sins to each other. That sounds
difficult. Who can we trust enough to confess to? The secret is to have
strong, trusting relationships with others so that you can share the burdens
without fear. We need to make time in our lives and build these
relationships with others. Strong trusting relationships donít happen
overnight, they take time. They take effort. Too much of our lives are spent
pleasing ourselves. Many people think the world revolves around them.
Building these relationships turns the focus from us to them.
Strong, trusting relationships can withstand the shortcomings we each
have. They can withstand the mistakes we make. They give us encouragement
when we are down. They give us strength to get through difficult situations.
They are instrumental in helping us get through the sudden changes life can
throw at us.
I want to encourage you to be intentional about building these type of
relationships. Christ did it when he walked the earth. He selected twelve
men to walk alongside him, to be with him. To learn at his side. We must
spend time developing these types of relationships if we hope to live after
our world is shaken up. Life has many curves to throw at us. We never know
when we will be in need. If we prepare by surrounding ourselves with people
who care about us we will be able to withstand the challenges.
It is comforting to know that others are praying for you. It gives you a
reason to go on. It encourages you to continue on when the road ahead looks
bleak. We are not complete without that interaction. Our lives are missing
something when we donít have people who care. People who will wrap their
arms around us and carry us through the darkest valley.
I know the difference having people pulling for you can make. It has
given me the strength to face situations that I would have turned away from
facing. Make a commitment to be there for someone. Let them know that you
are there for them no matter where the road leads. Be the right friend; show
people you care about them.
Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto
Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue
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