Redemption Racing Newsletter Regina
The Regina national weekend started out looking like it was going to be a repeat to last years mud race but the rain stopped before Sunday and it turned out to be a good race day. Regina is the last round in the west. There is a two week break before the start of the eastern rounds in Tillsonburg Ontario at Gopher Dunes.
At the devotional after riders meeting I talked about how God’s purpose Is greater than your problems or pain. When we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we try to do is blame somebody else. But it doesn’t matter where your problem came from — God still has a purpose for it in your life. Even when we do stupid things, God can use it and when the devil plans bad things for our life, God can bring good out of it.
We need to look past the temporary pain and look instead at the long-term benefit in our life.
Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that … they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady”
What’s the purpose of your problems and difficulty? God wants you to learn something. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development.
Most of us are slow learners. If we don’t learn something, God will bring it up again in our life. It will come back, because God is more interested in our character than he is in our comfort. He is more interested in seeing us become more like Christ than he is in making things easy.
God is saying to you, “Don’t give up. Grow up.” Fulfill the purpose of your difficulty — become more and more like the person he created you to be.
Life is not fair. We will have problems, difficulties, and hurts that will make us better or bitter. We will either grow up or give up. You’ll either become who God wants you to be or your heart will become hard. You have to decide how you are going to respond to the tough times in your life. How will you handle it?
When you go through those difficult times, what happens to you is not nearly as important as what happens in you. That’s what you take into eternity — not the circumstances but your character.
We learn three ways we shouldn’t respond:
1. Don’t drift.
When we face difficulty, some people start drifting through life. They have no goal, purpose, ambition, or dream for their life. Today, we call this “coasting.” The problem with coasting is that you’re headed downhill. Life is not a coast. Life’s tough. Don’t lose your ambition or your dream just because life gets hard.
2. Don’t discard.
When we get in a storm and the stress gets unbearable, we tend to start abandoning values and relationships we would not let go of in better times. If we don’t throw away the key, we’ll never develop the character God wants us to have. God can change situations and personalities. He can change us. But he won’t if we’re always abandoning ship! It is never God’s will to run from a difficult situation. God wants us to learn, grow, and develop.
3. Don’t despair. Even in a storm, God is in control. He hasn’t left you. You may not feel him, but if you feel far from God, guess who moved?
God is with you in the storm, and he’ll help you through it. He is testing you to see if you’ll trust him. Will you pass the test?
Cade Clason (#761)
First moto had a bit of rain during the moto and he struggled to make up for a poor jump off the gate and finished 8th. Second moto he ran the pace of the top 5 pack of riders and stayed within striking distance of them until the last half when hIs lap times dropped finishing 6th. 8-6 moto finishes gave him 7th overall for the day and 6th in series points.
Seth Rarick (#17)
Had a tough weekend going down early in the first moto twisting his knee, but rode from being almost a lap down up to 17th. He got a poor start second moto finishing 9th. 17-9 gave him 11th overall for the day and 9th in series points.
Eric Jeffery (#69)
Had a tough first moto going down but finished 19th. His second moto went better finishing 15th. 19-15 gave him 18th overall for the day and 15th overall in the series.
Alex Jeffery (#111)
Fell on amateur day in the mud and hurt his wrist. He went out for practice on pro day but it hurt to much for him and he chose not to race. Alex sits 25th in series points.
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