Sunday, January 9, 2005

A Message of Hope from Motor Racing Outreach

As my friends and frequent readers of my blogs know, I am a serious sports fan. Over the years I developed an appreciation for the parallels between the lessons learned in sports and those learned in life. I would like to share the following message from the January 5th issue of Motor Racing Outreach which reminds us all to have hope. plk



Without “hope” people literally give up on life. Give someone a little “hope” of improvement, and great things can happen. Depression is rampant when a person feels that whatever they attempt is doomed to fail. A simple change, such as a “New Year”, does wonders for people. Often times, they “forget the past” and “press toward the future” as written in Philippians 3:12-15.

Sadly, however, most individuals make New Year’s resolutions that relate to personal issues such as weight loss or money gains. The Apostle Paul had spiritual growth and success in mind when he penned the words, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me….I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

In racing, only one of the numerous teams that begin the season with great expectations and hope will ultimately be the champion. In life, only a few will maintain their resolutions and meet the expectations and hopes they express on New Year’s Day. But in Christ, everyone can reach His “hope” for them. It is not accomplished by great resolve and determination, but by surrender of one’s will to the Lord’s will for them. Isaiah 40:31-32 reveals, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will walk and not be faint.”


The purpose of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) is to introduce the racing community to personal faith in Christ, to growth in Christlikeness and to active involvement in the church through relationships that provide care in times of stress, knowledge of God’s word and assistance in development of leadership skills.

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