Redemption Racing Newsletter Ulverton
The 6th round of the series was in Ulverton, Quebec. It rained just the perfect amount both Saturday overnight and Sunday morning to make the track perfect for racing. We are already out in Nova Scotia as I send this out, and we will be here all week testing and getting ready for the race weekend!
The previous anchors we have discussed are; Jesus, Holy Spirit, heaven & the bible. The 5th anchor that we are looking at this week is wisdom.
The apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5-15: Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
There has been four stages of life categorized … They are 1) survival; 2) stability; 3) success; and 4) significance. We are all where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made in the past. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, you are where you are today because of how you think.
Paul, the Apostle said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”(Galatians 6:7). This is another way of saying our past actions produce the results we see today.
Hindsight is 20/20 and that is frustrating! But what if there was a way to foolproof our decision making and reshape our thinking? What if we could learn a way to make decisions so that our foresight was 20/20?
We live in a society that makes decisions based on right and wrong. Either my decision is right, or it’s wrong. But this type of decision making often leads to regret, and here’s why…. Right and wrong draws a line in the sand. One side of the line is right and the other side is wrong. I’m not sure about you but when I learn where the line is I live as close to the line as possible, or just a little over. The line is like a speed limit. When the speed limit is 110km/hr, going under 110km/hr is right, going over 110km/hr is wrong. So what do we do? We drive right to the line, or if you’re like me a little bit over. Well, actually usually more than a little bit over sometimes.
We do this with all of our decisions. We often try to justify that what we want is not wrong and sell ourselves on the idea that it is the right decision, but slowly and surely we push the line and go a little bit over until we end up in the ditch of regret.
In the bible Paul teaches the church in Ephesus a better way to make decisions. He teaches them to NOT lean on their own sources of hope. He told them to live “as wise” men do. How do the wise make decisions? They DON’T make decisions by asking themselves, “is this right or is this wrong”? They ask themselves a better question. “Is this wise?” “What is the wise thing to do?”
Pastor Andy Stanley teaches from this passage in his book “The Best Question Ever.” He says you can ask three important questions of yourself to live as the wise do.
Ask yourself, “based on my past experiences, what is the wise thing to do?” If in the past I have made decisions that have led to regret, maybe I should reconsider making this next decision on my own. I should lean on wisdom and not on my own understanding of right and wrong.
Next, ask yourself, “based on my current circumstances and responsibilities, what is the wise thing to do?” If you are a student, without a job, it is probably not wise for you to buy that brand new car. It isn’t wrong. In fact you can justify to yourself that “if I just had the car, I could get a job more easily. Therefore, I need the car.” But, when you ask yourself what the wise thing to do is, you would know that you should first secure a job and income before you make a major purchase, therefore avoiding regret.
The third defining question of the wise is, “based on my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing do?” What are your dreams? What is your goal? Many people make decisions they regret because their hope for the future isn’t happening fast enough and so they look to fill the void with something else, justifying their decision all the way. But, what if you asked this all important question ahead of making it. You will avoid regret.
When you ask “What is the wise thing to do?” You will immediately know the answer. If you make the wise choice, you will live as the wise. And Paul promises you will “make the most of every opportunity” and will “understand what the will of the Lord is” for your life. With those promised results, wisdom is a great anchor to lean on!
Saturday night bible study
Listen to Michael Thacker’s pod cast from Redemption Racing’s pit
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
Shawn got a great start and passed for the lead early and lead the majority of the first moto but was not able to hold on to the lead for the finish, placing 2nd. In the second moto his start was not as good and he struggled to pass guys quick enough, placing 3rd. The leader was docked 3 positions for cutting the track in the 2nd moto, moving Shawn to 2nd place… Which gave Shawn 2-2 moto finishes and 2nd overall.
Cade Clason (#6):
Cade launched out of the gate first moto grabbing the holeshot! He rode with the top 3 for the beginning of the race, and then tightened up for the remainder, finishing 7th. In the second moto he started in the top 5 and rode solid the entire moto finishing 6th. 7-6 for 7thoverall.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
Eric had some good racing in his first moto making some great passes, finishing 16th. On the first lap of his second moto he had a crash that caused a minor injury which did not allow him to continue the race. 16-DNF for 21st overall.
Michael Thacker (#339):
Mike put in a good weekend of racing and scored himself some points! 28-23 for 25th overall.
Alex Jeffery (#50):
Alex collided with another rider during his second lap of qualifying and hit his head hard. Alex made the effort to try the LCQ but due to his head injury he was unable to qualify.
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