What really excites me about the beginning of a new season is the freshness. Taking what was worn or damaged and bringing it back to life is satisfying.
Removing what was old brings anticipation to try what is new. All of the “let’s give it shot” talk in the shop finally has an outlet to test the different setup theories. It’s a culmination of countless hours of strategy and hard work to get the most out of each race weekend.
As the new season begins and we kick off our series of chapel services and devotionals, I would like for us to apply those same attributes to our spiritual lives. It is an opportunity to clear the slate of past mistakes with forgiveness and start fresh. Our time together provides us the opportunity to get rid of old thinking that left us with misconceptions about who we are, compared to who God says we are. Most importantly, let's take advantage His promises to rebuild and restore what has been torn down, neglected or lost.
Let’s start the journey first by simply agreeing that we will allow God to move in our hearts. Not that God needs to ask for our permission, but let’s position ourselves to receive from Him. We do this by being willing, expectant and believing. Hearing from God and encountering Him has everything to do with the attitude of our heart and willingness to receive.
God wants to move in our lives and reveal His love for us each day. We can’t always wait for church to come on Sunday, or our favorite worship song to play, or when we take our next missions trip to tune our hearts to His. In Acts 2:25, Peter refers to King David’s statement: “I saw the Lord always in my presence; for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.” The original psalm makes it clear that this was a decision of David’s to keep his focus on the Lord constantly. I am sure David had opportunities to look elsewhere, but with the Lord “at my right hand” David was so close to Him that he was always in a position to be strengthened and affirmed.
As we look ahead to a new season of racing and a season of growing in our faith together let’s begin with making a commitment to maintain our hearts in a position to hear from Him. We have a great year ahead of us – let’s start the adventure!