Let’s talk Memorial Day Weekend; Church and Racing!
First off, as a son and grandson of veteran’s, like you, I take the time every Memorial Day to pause, reflect and thank my Father in Heaven that he chose the United States of America for me to live. Unbelievable privilege we are given, earned by the sacrifice of sons and guaranteed by the Daniel Chapter 4 sovereignty of God. “God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men, and He gives them to whomever He pleases.” Thank you soldiers.
JACK Night at the Races.
Thank you to my whole Jack team: Malinda, Dave, JZ, Chris, Jeremy, Jeff, Bob! You guys put on one heck of a tailgate party! The infield of the Sprint Cup aint got nothing on the Jack Night at the races. And for the 300+ who showed up for the fun, THANK YOU!!! Thank you for coming out and seeing what our TRC Racing Reach Team is all about!!! Many of you put a few of us drivers under in the dunk tank, raising dollars to feed hungry people in Snohomish County. THANK YOU! The catered food, warm company and exciting action on the track made for a great night. So glad to be apart of this Church! To make it even better I heard of two conversations between TRCers and people in the grandstand who were not only asking about The Rock Church, but about a relationship with Jesus Christ!!! That’s what it’s about people!
Honestly, I thought it’d be a ghost town on Memorial Day Weekend. The nice weather and big event on Saturday made a joker out of me. CHURCH WAS PACKED! It was packed so much we posted positive growth numbers for Sunday attendance again!!! It’s a sign of HEALTH! Healthy churches grow, and this spring TRC has been growing. I am so unbelievably grateful to see the energy, passion, prayer and focus! It is incredible, and I’m grateful to have had the Lord change me in so many ways to experience this new day in my favorite city of Monroe!
Don’t miss this weekend for Round Three of Supernatural Battlegrounds. We are talking about the enemy; his plan and purpose for your life. You’ll want to hear it straight from scripture!
Let’s talk Racing.
Yes, that’s gold flake vinyl on the front of the #70! Last week JZ was inspired by a 1970′s Kenworth Semi truck, and the design scheme emerged. Considering the fact that only one panel remained on the car from week 1, we did the whole thing up! I like it, and think it’s the best scheme we’ve ever had.
Race 1. We missed qualifying. There was simply just too much work to do on the car. At 2:00PM I made the decision to skip qualifying and make the car perfect, so that when we unloaded from the trailer we would be blistering fast. Straight out of the JACK dunk tank I suited up, took 5 quick laps for safety, and buckled in for Main #1. I started 19th out of 19. The race developed really nicely. My car wasn’t spectacular, but neither were my rivals. Seems like everyone but the 1st and 2nd place car were ill handling. I ended up 5th by driving a smart race. Believe me, smart is success for me lately!!!
Race 2. John watched the car during race 1 and saw some must needed changes. #1. we needed to get the car into the track more. #2. he made some shock changes. Funny thing, I was walking by the pit cart when I saw him and Geoff playing rock-paper-scissors. Seems they needed to make a decision that could go either way; meaning make me fast…or slow! They made the call after the best two out of three! Usually we’d test these changes in practice, but we didn’t have time for that, so a quick game decided our path.
The car was fast! On old tires it was awesome into the corner. Moving forward through the field I could run it in on guys getting into the turn. Really deep into the turn. Unfortunately, too deep! The 5 car and I got tangled early in the race. It was weird because it was like we got hooked together. I went around, and had to start at the back of the field. Coming back on through the field I gained on the 10 car. Honestly, it looked like he let up midway down the backstretch and rolled out to the high side for me to go by in three, we call this rolling over. I drove it in incredibly deep because I was trying to get back to the front. At the last second he came down. I tried to keep my car off him, but to no avail, around I went again. There weren’t too many laps left. I started last and came back through the field. A couple green-white-checker restarts later and some three wide, I made it back to 6th for race 2. All in all I had a great time driving the race car!
This time of year, every year, I am reminded of how many people we can reach if we will just try. When Jesus departed earth He met with His team and said, “Be a witness.” When I think of those words I get motivated. He could have said, “pray more, read more, give more, study more or teach more doctrine.” But he didn’t. He gave us a clear command to use all those things–prayer, our bible, study, and doctrine–to increase our witness. That’s the main thing.
Go out this week and think about your witness in every situation. There is a life inside of you screaming to be lived! Go LIVE IT LOUD!!!