Yesterday was a very frustrating day. It seemed like every time I tried to get something done, I was stopped by something outside of my control. A couple of the items were resolved, but it looks like one significant inconvenience will not be. Can we work around it, certainly, just an aggravation.
Realizing we would have to live with the situation at bed time was not the best thing for me. I have a tendency to make bad decisions when it’s late and I’m tired. I realize that and normally would not….but oh the aggravation… As I laid there stewing over what to do, my wife, out of the blue, reminded me we are to take every though captive to Christ. Even though I didn’t want to, I knew she was right and the best thing to do was give it to the Lord and go to sleep
This morning, still a little aggravated over the inconvenience, the Lord reminded me of the message I just preached a few weeks ago about forgiveness through todays devotional from Family Life Radio…and so that is what I must do, forgive them.
The off season, what an oxymoron that thought is for anyone involved in the world of motorsports, is an opportunity to get ready for the next year. We often find ourselves fixing, modifying or purchasing new gear or accomplishing needed maintenance on our production units. This years ‘time between seasons’ has allowed us to fix some significant problems on both motorhomes. None of the issues were unmanageable, (even though they did seem to be bigger than life at times), but they did require we move outside our comfort zone to tackle.
I believe this is our 14th or 15th time attending the Performance Racing Industry trade show over the last 20 years. It’s always the first weekend in December and has been held at the Indianapolis Convention Center for the last 4 or 5 years. Man it sure is cold in Indiana in December!
Time after time after time, the Lord has shown He is more than capable of providing for my family and business’s needs. In every season of life, He has proven faithful. We might not have been eatin’ ‘high on the hog’, but we never lacked for basic needs.
If you are a Christ follower, you are a minister regardless of what you do for a living. Fourteen years ago I would not have said that nor would I have agreed with the notion of marketplace ministry.
Over the last 5 years, as the Lord has grown our business, we have seen Him touch many people through our work. We find people talk to us more as ‘secular’ workers than ministers of the Gospel. Often folks would put on their ‘church’ face when we were the official chaplain of a series. Rarely would they be real in how they spoke with us or what they would share with myself or my wife simply because they did not want to offend us because of who we were.
Not everybody can sing or play an instrument or speaks eloquently or is good with kids or the youth or the 20 somethings or understands technology. Each individual is equipped with a given set of skills. Very rarely do you meet some who does all of the above well less alone someone who can do more 3 or 4 of these things with excellence. However, it’s been my experience that we can all do at least one thing well.
One of the things we’ve done, while moving the office, is attempting to go through all of the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years so we can get rid of as much as possible. One item in particular was eye opening for us…old phones. We had at least 3 generations rat holed away. So we charged them and deleted all of the content in order to recycle them.