blood moon, death, life

The blood moon tonight was dark. It was red. It was scary, like death.

Then the sun started to rise in the lower left corner. The reflection of light changed the atmosphere on the surface of the moon.

But also it changed on the earth.

The water shimmered a subtle glimmer. There was a bit of a twinkle in the sky. Perhaps the blood moon was not intended for all this “end of the world” talk? Perhaps it was a message that a new day dawns?

The Creator calls. He speaks. It’s pretty clear what he’s saying to you and I… I sit here pondering these things. And I am reminded, “Arise, shine, for thy light has come. And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” It’s dawn on the moon. May it also be dawn on your own life. If your faith is stagnant, may a renewed belief arise. If your attitude is jaded, may it be changed in the brightness of promise. If your past is scary, may the light on the corner of the moon remind you of the light ignited in your heart the day you became His son or daughter.

Though the sky grows black.
And the moon red.
When all the final words have been said.
The promise is, “I will be with you.”

Live with Heart

Heart gets up when others can't.


“Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Cor 9:24

God flipped a switch inside me, the first time I heard that verse. There was something powerful awakened within me. I was a young man at the time, but I began to see how the Bible applied to my everyday life, and verses like this made my heart free!  Heart wasn’t something just found in athletics, work or love. Heart was a way to live! So here are a few ways to live with heart.

Live with a Heart to Win.

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a  boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Cor 9:25-27

A competitive nature is approved of by God, He accepts it. He wants us to compete, to be the best version of us we can be! He wants us to bring everything we have to the table–our courage, creativity, our grit and our resilience–and then race to win. We sometimes confuse these characteristics. We think our gifts are weapons to defeat others, but actually they are tools to empower us to our best. If that puts us in first, awesome. It takes heart to win. It takes heart to show up. Every. Single. Day. Use your heart to be the best version of you.

Where are you withholding your best you? How can you break your heart free to unlock your full potential? What would it take, right now, for you to make your step toward a heart to win? It’s within you right now. Go for it.

Live with a Heart of Purpose.

Purposelessness is the enemy. Purposelessness is a haunting resistance that keeps you starting again. And again. And again. Listen, vacillation and uncertainly are enemies of your destiny. You may not know every nook and cranny of your purpose, but you know the ingredients.

People. Jesus. Church. Mission. Hope.  There may be others, but that’s a great start.

What other ingredients are a part of your purpose right now? Write them out.

Put them where you can see them. Why? Because you are going to make the stupidest of statements someday when you’re feeling blue. You will say, “I don’t know my purpose.” or “I’m not sure of my purpose.” “Or, I am not where I want to be.” Some version of those destructive phrases will come out of your mouth, and in that moment you better look at that list. As long as that list you’ve created exists to be read, those stupid lies, will have no effect. Every one gets off course now and then. Believe what you wrote when you were free, and you will overcome the invaders.

Live with a Heart of Dignity

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the Word of Life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” – Phil 2:14-16

It’s okay to be proud of yourself and your work. Paul is saying you should take satisfaction in what you do, as long as you do it right and as long as you do it well.  This is not an evil kind of pride that flows from haughtiness, or an unrealistic opinion of yourself. This is the good kind of pride. Like the way you feel at the end of a long day when you look back and see the results of a hard days work.

God wants us to feel this kind of pride. He wants us to have a sense of accomplishment and purpose.  that our lives count. We aren’t worthless. We aren’t useless. No way! We have value–and each of us has an important contribution to make to Him and to others.

Live with a Heart to Finish.

Everyone can tell you the risks of running your race; racers can tell you the rewards. Finishing has rewards. If you’ve completed your course, you’ll be rewarded. If you’ve exceeded expectations, you’ll be rewarded. If you’ve overcome great obstacles to place higher on the leaderboard than others thought you could, you’ll be rewarded. The race will end, the points will tallied and the results will be made official.

“I press on to reach the end of the race,” Paul wrote, “and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us.” – Phil 3:14.

How well do you finish? Be honest about it. What can you do to gain more motivation to finish what you start?

Live with a Heart of Tenacious Faith.

First, life won’t always be smooth sailing. Second, as long as you stay in the race, you have a chance to win. If you quit you are guaranteed failure. Most of the time when you are near the end of your effort–physically, emotionally, financially, socially and mentally–faith is what makes the difference.  It’s been said by so many athletes, survivalists and even the military elite, “It’s all in the mind. If you can conquer the mind?” Faith has the ability to influence our mind. Faith is the belief in something that hasn’t materialized yet, as though it has.

Let faith see what the eye cannot see.

You may have a belief in a business you are starting, a church you are building, a relationship you are developing. You’re not where you want to be, but you can see it. Visualize it. Let it be faith. Your belief in the tomorrow you cannot know, but you definitely see.  Let your belief outmatch the material.

Where do you get a daily intake of faith to believe for what is not seen? How can you develop more confidence in the faith you have?

I am here to help.

Finally, I’d love to help you find your heart. One of the best ways for me to help you right now is to get a copy of my book The Revved Life. You can do it right here, or on amazon.

If you want drop me an email or leave a comment. I’ve got proven strategies that have helped me and others have the heart needed for this life. Until next time.


"I've seen the top of the mountain. One day I will stand there."



A quick shout out after last night’s huge Summer Showdown…

Big Congrats to Bubba Pollard.

Racing cannot be done alone.

First off, let me say how hugely grateful I am to race…it is truly one of the greatest joys of my life. I think about going faster in a Super Late Model every single day. And in the words of Eric Liddell, “When I run I feel God’s pleasure.” I truly am humbled to even have this incredible opportunity to race. It’s awesome.

It is quite a team effort, not only to put a race car together, but to run an event. First, to my team. Every one of you deserve more than we got last night. Second, to my sponsors., Popeye Energy, Tuco Industrial Products,, Greiert Insurance; You all put my car back together with your money after the needless carnage at the Galloway. It is you who I feel the greatest sense of loss for. To Evergreen Speedway​ WOW, what a showdown! I loved every minute of it, minus one lap. Thank You. AND to all the fans, we wouldn’t have racing if it weren’t for you. Stay passionate.

My Showdown and Mindset after the race...

There are two laps I’d like to highlight, and three laps I will address.

Lap ONE.

The 2nd qualifying lap that secured me into the race at 10th quick. I thought about my team, every sponsor, every industry partner, all the joy and satisfaction of that moment in 22.6 seconds! 10th quick in a field of 44, that’s scratching at the high-mark in this field of talent.

My team put this destroyed car back together in one-month, overcame some big hurdles, and proved we can be contenders at a high level. Super proud of Tony, Jason, Matty, Eric, Tom, Eddie, Dawn, Shannon, Mark, Jeff…what an effort. Couldn’t have done it without PFC, Beyea, Heintz and RCS industry support. Shoot, Randy from PFC was at the show making sure we were awesome on the brake package. Guys like Chuck Carruthers and Tracy Deyoung, Thank you.


Lap TWO. Yes, actually lap 2.

Let me illustrate…it’s lap two of the main event.
Running 9th.
A little tight in turn one entry. Car slides up a tick.
It’s cool. We’re good. Tire pressures aren’t up all the way.
Call came, “inside.”
High-side going down the backstretch.
A turn of brake to the rear.
It’s Harding inside. He’s clean.
I’m gonna sail this thing in deep.
Lift late.
Cars up ahead sliding.
I’m around backward.
The fence.
The fence again.
Wait, I’m 10th. There’s 26 more coming.
Where’s the field?
Cars everywhere out the right window.
Carnage ensuing.
Parts falling from sky.
What was 1,000’s of horsepower is but a whisper.
Another driver yelling breaks the silence.
I yell, “It was oil. Oil all around.”
Fraser, Longton, Riddle, Tanner, Wanat. Others I’m sure.
Start the car.
Can’t move.
We’re done.
I’m out of words. And energy. Car destroyed.

Sometimes racing is cruel and wicked. It takes a ton just to field a car, ten times that to run up front, and just when you think you deserve something from her, racing will steal right out of your hands, in broad daylight. Eyes wide open.

Finally, Lap THREE.

But there’s another lap.
A faster one than before.
Or lately.
Or it’s the last lap of a green-white-checkered, leading.
That one great next lap makes everything in the past meaningless.

To all my friends, fans, sponsors and competitors. The pursuit of the next lap, all it’s possibility. It is the next lap I choose to look towards. Dwell on. Trust in. I don’t have my “how” just yet, but I know my “why.”

I’ve seen the top of the mountain. Even reached for it. One day I hope to stand there. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me today. Means a ton.




Racing has taught me one hardcore truth, one life-changing thing that a lot of people never get from real life. Maybe you’ve heard it yourself:

There is a goal to everything worth doing.

For the NASCAR driver, that goal is the finish line, where the checkered flag is waved and the victor is named. But life has a finish line, too. And when the race of life finally ends, you’ll be rewarded accordingly. If you’ve completed your course, you’ll be rewarded. If you’ve exceeded expectations, you’ll be rewarded. If you’ve overcome great obstacles to place higher on the leaderboard than others thought you could, you’ll be rewarded. And if you’ve handled yourself with dignity throughout the race, you’ll be rewarded. But the race will eventually end, the points will eventually be tallied, and the results will eventually be made official. So run your race with this in mind.

The Apostle Paul understood this principle better than anyone, and he used the analogy of racing to help the Christians at Philippi understand it, too. “I press on to reach the end of the race,” Paul wrote, “and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14, NLT).

Never take your eyes off the trophy.

Now I’ll be honest—anytime Paul’s talking about racing, I’m a guy who takes his words seriously. What Paul’s saying is this: The race will end when it ends. And when it ends, the results will be forever etched in stone. So make the most of your race while you’re still running. And never stop pressing toward the prize that is waiting for you at the finish line.

Never take your eyes off the trophy, which is the approval of the Lord, and the crown of righteousness that is laid up for you in heaven.

What I’ve Learned About Prayer That’s Made the Difference

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I kicked off a prayer series this last weekend at The Rock Church and, given the amount of time I spend in prayer and how it proportionately relates to my level of peace, focus, and ease; I thought I’d give some clues on my personal modus operandi when it comes to this vital component of my personal life.

First, my motivation to pray is what captured me to follow Christ and become a believer in the first place. It’s the same reason I choose to pray.

I want to understand the dimension of Christ’s love!

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19 (MSG)

But, here are some of the easy to do practices of having a prayer life that motivates one to actually pray.

Start Small

If you’ve lacked good prayer disciplines in the past, focus on just a few minutes at a time.

Pray for a few situations at a time. Pray for a few people at a time. Pray a few words at a time. Go ahead and allow yourself to start right where you are at with no condemnation whatsoever.

Get Specific

I’ve learned that when I pray in generalities, I usually don’t pray very often.

Instead, make lists. Detail circumstances. Write down names. Ask questions of those you are praying for. Get clarity as to what is really needed.

Be Consistent

Pray daily. If you tell someone you will pray for him or her, then do it.

I often am driving in the car listening to the stereo when I am reminded that I told a person I would pray for them. In that moment, I do it.

Remember the Big Picture

Sometimes a lot of struggles require prayer, both personal and others.

Remember, struggles are not a sign of doing poorly; they are an opportunity to build your faith. Seeing difficult circumstances overcome is how God builds your faith and that of other’s. Give Him that opportunity! Embrace the struggles and pray big prayers!

Finally, I will be covering some huge content over the next two Sunday’s at The Rock Church, so don’t forget to tune into at 9:30am and 11:30amPacific Time. Given the content in my coming Sunday messages, I think you may gain a deeper sense of what I’ve written in this short blog post.

Also, I’d like to invite you to join me as I host a live prayer meeting every Wednesday night at 10pm Pacific Time also at Hope to see ya there and we can pray together.

These simple steps are what I’ve learned about prayer that has made a difference in my life. I hope you found them helpful, and, as always, I invite you to leave your comments below …