How Determined Are You?

>> Monday, October 29, 2012

Even though my passion for watching NASCAR has been circumvented by other priorities this racing season, I’ve been trying to watch the last ten races leading up to the Championship. Yesterday’s event had me focused on one driver … and not one I usually watch.

Denny Hamlin

Going into the race he was fourth in the Championship points … and he had a great car. Winning was his goal. He started in the back of the field … passing cars every lap … until he had reached the top ten. Yet when he drove to the pits for tires and fuel, he went too fast down pit road.

That meant he was given a drive-through penalty. While the race was still happening he had to drive through pit road at pit road speed, which placed him at the back of the field again.

Once more he aggressively maneuvered through the cars … finally securing a spot near the front. But all cars periodically require new tires and fuel. When he pitted, he drove too fast … again.

Once more he received a drive-through penalty. Once more he was making his way through the field … headed toward the front. With 100 laps remaining in the race, Denny had positioned himself in third place. Suddenly he slowed … cars flying past him. An electrical problem had caused him to have no power.

While the race continued, his pit crew frantically worked on his car … and once again he returned to the track. But NASCAR has rules about how fast you must go to be able to race. He was traveling too slowly … was black-flagged … and removed his car from competition.

With only three races left, he has dropped to fifth in the Championship points.

As I watched the race, my thoughts turned to the race I’m in … with the goal of Heaven. Just how determined am I to reach that prize? I’ve been given some big time penalties by life … been black-flagged by my previous choice of church denomination … and have had to work my way through a lot of obstacles.

But … unlike Denny … I have a Power Source that will never fail.

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power …” Psalm 147:5 (NIV)


Change of Address

>> Friday, October 19, 2012

Before I was old enough to understand about addresses, I lived at 118 South Rural. From there we moved to 22 West Street … 714 Cottonwood … and then 723 Sunnyslope. By then I had entered my teen years. I married … and had many addresses during that union, starting with three different abodes in Bethany, Okla.

In rapid succession we moved from Oklahoma to Kansas … where we lived in three different cities, then on to Texas and back to Oklahoma. From there the moving van hauled our possessions to North Carolina … Maryland … and back to Oklahoma, where we had two different addresses. The final move in that marriage was to Nebraska … involving three different houses.

By then I had reached the ripe old age of 30.
I’ve moved another ten times. My last change of address was almost three years ago. As I thought about the wonderful new home we now live in … built specifically for my husband and me … one designed to see us into old age … I realized this is not my last address. 

I will have at least one more … heaven.
Viewing this home from that perspective makes all the difference in this world. Yes, it’s a beautiful, solid, energy-efficient home. We are delighted with it … and live comfortably within its walls. But it’s not our final home … it’s just ours to enjoy for a while.  

But it is still just a temporary address … and so is yours. 

“They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country.” Hebrews 11:14-16 (MSG)


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