Redemption Racing Newsletter Regina
The 4th round of the Rockstar Energy Motocross nationals was in Shawn’s home town of Regina, Saskatchewan. The weather conditions made for perfect track conditions all day.
I continued the series with Anchor number 3: Heaven as our anchor.
Heaven is not a fairytale. It is not some imaginary place man created in his head to get over the fear of death. It is a promise of God, “who does not lie”. Heaven was designed by God as a place He could freely dwell in direct relationship with His people. God designed us to fellowship with Him. When God first made man, He created man perfect so that He could have direct relationship with him. And this worked for a while. In fact, the book of Genesis says that God actually walked in the garden in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve. That’s how close they were to each other!
But then, Adam sinned. And with his sin came imperfection and therefore separation from God. God, as a perfect, Holy being could not associate with imperfection because the imperfection would die. God had a dilemma. He still desired relationship with man, but now it was impossible. This is when He created a temporary plan by which He could still dwell among His people.
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Jesus described heaven to his disciples as a place he was preparing just for them (John 14:2-3). “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Jesus seemed really excited telling His followers He was preparing a place just for them, something they would enjoy.
The gift of God’s grace and salvation gives us the promise of heaven—the hope—that we will one day live without fear, without temptation, without the trials that this world holds, in a place that God designed just for us. We can look forward to spending eternity in direct connection with Him and enjoy His creation without hinderance or limitations.
But what do we do until then? Does knowing that we are going to heaven mean that we endure earth until we get to heaven? Is there reason to live godly, self-controlled lives here in this present age?
The Bible says that Christ “gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” We are called to bring heaven here on earth.
C.S. Lewis says it well. “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next.”
Our hope is heaven and our work here on earth is made all the more rich and meaningful because of that hope. How much more important does sharing the love of Christ today seem when we understand that our hope is anchored in the eternity of heaven? Let’s do what we do on earth with even more passion and purpose than before because we know what is waiting for us and we want everyone to have that same hope in heaven.
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
Shawn had a great first moto bringing in the win at his hometown track. Unfortunately, there was a red cross flag out on a corner which was not visible, where approximately 15 riders jumped on… causing a 10 position penalty. Shawn officially finished 11th. For his second moto he was slow off the gate which meant catch up time for him. He passed his way up to 3rd and was making time on the leader until 2 laps to go when he suffered a mechanical failure. 8- DNF for 15th overall. With 6 rounds to go, he sits 50 points behind the leader.
Cade Clason (#6):
Cade made big improvements this weekend battling with the guys at the front. During the first moto, he battled the entire race for 6th place but on the last lap he was passed finishing 8th. In his second moto, he made an attempt for a pass in a corner, mistakenly hitting the rider causing him to fall. Cade restarted and passed his way back to 8th. 8-8 moto finishes for 8th overall for the day. Cade sits 6th in points.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
Eric fell in his first moto finishing 24th and finished 19th in his second for 22nd overall.
Michael Thacker (#339):
Mike finished 27-32 for 33rd overall.
Alex Jeffery (#50):
Alex finished 23-19 for 20th overall.
We now have a weekend off before starting the Eastern part of the series on July 10th at the Gopher Dunes track in Courtland Ontario. We hope to see you soon at our next race.
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