THE STRAIGHTLINE - ENJOY THE VIEW

Jim Jack has been a chaplain for Racers For Christ for... let's just say... a long time. He writes a monthly column and we're honored to now publish it on our website. For more info on Racers For Christ, visit their website - www.teamrfc.org.

The creation of human life was the finale of God’s creative work. God created the heavens and the earth, but the creation of man and woman stands out among His creative acts as incredibly unique. First, Adam was given a vocation, caring for God’s creation. Second, Adam was given stipulations—and a warning—of the one tree he could not eat from. Third, Adam was given an extraordinary companion, a beautiful woman—Eve.

We’re all blessed to live in a world with incredible views—our spouses, our children, nature, and racing too. The sight of a fire-breathing nitromethane fueled engine powering a man-made machine to 200 or 300 mph is breathtaking to say the least. Breathing in the fumes of a nitro fueled engine while the warm-up procedure takes place is a great spot to be, as it affords a great view of all that power, and a remarkable way to enjoy the view up close and personal.

From God’s view-point—in which I truly believe He enjoyed the view—He breathed into mankind the breath of life and we became children of God. From God’s own lips He spoke everything in the universe into existence. But from God’s own hands He reached down and created us. “Male and female He created them,” (Genesis 1:27).

We were created to enjoy the view from birth all the way through adulthood, and then eventually into heaven. For untold numbers of people, viewing racing from either a spectator’s view, a crewperson’s view, or a driver’s view, is a little bit of heaven on earth.

I’ve enjoyed the view of drag racing for more than sixty years from being an up-close spectator, and even from the driver’s seat during the warm-up procedure in friend Richard “Captain Hook” Ogg’s Top Fuel Dragster back in the late 1970’s. The orders came from Captain Hook…slide into the seat I want an outside look…he said you know what’s in my racing book…tomorrow some pistons we may cook…today I’m the Captain and you’re the rook.

I’ve been blessed to witness dearly loved driver’s and teams race to records and championships over the years. I’ve been blessed to pray with drivers and teams and see them excel in a sport where they enjoy the view from their own personal perspectives.

To view racing from a chaplains view point, and their point-of-view, is a position where you have to be there to truly understand it. This view is one-of-a-kind, as you get to enjoy the view from various up close and personal vantage points: Watching at times, most time praying, throw in some Bible teaching, one-on-one fellowship, while being an integral part of the racing game. It’s an amazing view just like the song, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found was blind but now I see.”

Enjoy the view: Is why so many people love the sport of drag racing. The view from any angle is awe-inspiring. The view is what brings racers and fans back every week. The view captivates sponsors to become a part of something that brings satisfaction to them as well as their companies and customers. I believe God enjoys the view too.

Enjoy the view: You’re a part of a generation that’s witnessed incredible strides in performance and safety in racing over the past few decades. As we look back and contemplate what we’ve experienced, the view is worth every second of our time and every dollar we spend.

Enjoy the view: In June 2010, I was honored to preside over the Memorial Service for good friend and long time drag racer David Carroll in Santa Barbara, CA. We heard Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges, David’s friend…might attend...good friends don’t bend…his time he would lend…some love they could send…so his condolences could help mend.  

During lunch, we saw Jeff and his wife getting their food. As they went to sit down at a picnic table (we were outside in a park), the young couple already sitting there—not recognizing who Jeff was—said “These seats were already taken.” Too bad for them, they didn’t get to enjoy the view of eating and talking with Jeff Bridges.

Enjoy the view: How about enjoying the view of the Holy Scriptures: “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t,” (Charles Spurgeon). Another saying is “This book will keep you from sin, but sin will keep you from this book.” That’s a view from God’s perspective about His creation of mankind. His preferred view!

Location, location, location is a real estate saying about where you call home, and how the view is from your vantage point at home, and also your homes’ curb appeal. So, my friends, what’s the view others see of your personal and spiritual curb appeal?

What is your favorite view? Racing? Working? Your spouse? Your children? Your grand children. Your church? Thoughts of heaven? Where’s the best view of a ten thousand horsepower vehicle preparing to blast down the track…when the driver gives the throttle a whack…surely not peeking out of a gunny sack…out discovering a sought-after racing hack…or even contemplating a new spiritual knack…by knowing Jesus you’ll never lack…remembering the Lord’s purpose is to always keep you in His sight at the front of the pack.