2013 – Round #3
The third round of the series was in Calgary, Alberta. During the week prior to the Calgary national, we spent some time in Revelstoke B.C.- a small ski resort town in the rockies. I was blessed to have my wonderful wife of 9 months, Melissa, join me for the first time in 3 weeks since I left for the series back in May. We enjoyed 5 great days together experiencing the Canadian rockies.
Eric had a great week of practice and training at a remote track in the mountains. Check out this short youtube video from MXP/Outlaw Productions of his interview and riding there:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7wAW5ggkkM
Sunday morning at the devotional I talked about who we are as children of God.
What does the bible say we are to be as followers of Christ?
Matthew 5:13-16 tells us that people who have chosen to follow God and who are believers of Christ are called to be the salt of the earth. We are to bring flavour and light to this earth.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Our mission at Redemption Racing is to use the talents God has given us in motocross as an opportunity to share, through relationships and influence, the love of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to reflect that love with our actions.
Ephesians 4:29, 31, 32 tells us how our actions should reflect Christ’s love:
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
You don’t have to be a part of a Christian group to be a witness for Christ. It’s not just preachers and people in churches that are to share the gospel. It’s people in everyday life living out their own personal lives with the Holy Spirit living through them.
Confining ourselves to just church groups and gatherings limits our ability and gifts that God desires us to live out in our lives.
From Gavin Gracyk….
Round 3 in Calgary this weekend got off to a great start. Things were feeling great in practice, and with a beautiful day for racing, I was reminded once again how blessed I am to have the opportunity to race and fellowship again.
In moto 1, I started outside the top 10 and had to move quickly to gain ground. Having to really work my way around the intensely watered track, I found myself making mistakes and riding cautiously. More towards the end of the race, I began to take some chances in order to make one last pass before the moto ended. After passing into 6th place, I made a mistake that put me on the ground. Having to make up the lost position I was able to make the pass into 6th again before time ran out.
In moto 2, I managed to get an even worse start than in moto 1 and created lots of work for myself coming through traffic (that’s why I love the term “racing”). Once I started to finally build some momentum, things started to work outside of my control. At around the halfway mark, the bike began to expose a clanging sound,(which I thought may have been broken spokes), but as the noise worsened the bike began to feel quite odd. Once I felt the slipping of the rear wheel moving in the swingarm I quickly realized I needed to get to the mechanics area, which would cost me a lap. Thanks to Chad and Josh, I was able to finish the race and salvage a few extra points (18th), before time ran out. With moto finishes of 6-18, I placed 12th overall on the day.
What a humbling blessing it is to know that God keeps His promises to His Word. In Psalm 91:11 God orders His angels to guard us; He gives His angels charge over us to keep us safe in all our ways. Wow!!!! Am I glad I called on those angels.
Gods Word is alive folks, I encourage you all to speak it over you and your families daily. Please don’t forget that God cares about the little things as well as the big things in our lives. Even if you feel like your wheels are about to fall off, remember God has His angels guiding you to your next pit stop. =)
I am thankful to have this platform to race and glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I also want to thank my Wife, my Parents, my Church, COGI Athletics, as well as all the sponsors and supporters of Redemption Racing for their continued prayers and support!
From Eric Jeffery….
This week, Calgary was such a blessing from God and a huge step for me that I have been longing to achieve. First moto I got a great jump off of the concrete pad and was first heading into the corner. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the guys on my inside so I held the throttle on a little longer than I should have and ended up going too wide into the corner, coming across the holeshot line in 3rd. I rode very tight for the first couple of laps and ended up dropping back quite a few positions somewhere around 13th. About halfway through the moto, I was feeling and riding good so I started to charge back through the field ending up 10th in the first moto. In the Second moto, I had a great gate pick and ended up lining right beside my teammate Gavin. On the start I hooked up great off of the concrete pad and got another great start- up around the top 5. This time I ran the leaders pace for a few laps and stayed in 9th for most of the moto until I hit a wall with about 5 laps left and lost a few positions ending up 12th. I can’t thank and praise God enough for giving me the best finishes of my career, giving me a 10th overall for the weekend!! Each and every weekend has been better than the last, so let’s keep the ball rolling!!!! See ya next week in Edmonton!!!
Michael Thacker was unable to put in a lap fast enough to qualify in Calgary. Michael’s wife Selina is joining him this weekend in Edmonton. He says that he’s going to make sure he qualifies when she is around!! 🙂
This week, the team is spending time at the Allison family farm. They have three boys that race and every year the Allison’s open up their place for teams and riders to park, moto, train and hang out before the Edmonton National. We are very appreciative for this opportunity of fun, fellowship and training. Thanks, Allison’s!!
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