Why We Race
A good ride is just so awesome
Who doesn't like flying through the air, or the butterflies you get going into that first turn? How about that roost coming off your back tire out of that perfect corner? My favorite, coming out of a corner and being so hooked up that you're steering with the back wheel and the horsepower of the bike. What an awesome feeling to do these things on a bike. And to think that sometimes we're made to feel guilty for things we enjoy on earth. We get told that many things, like this, are worldly and not of God. The Bibles tells us that God made everything for our enjoyment because he loves us. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 says "For everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude. For it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer." Wow! Nothing is to be rejected.
To get the Glory
We all enjoy recognition and respect. Maybe it's ok to say that we want the Glory. But let's all remember that God is the one that deserves and gets the Glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31, says "whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God."
To get the WIN
Who said ? We as racers want to WIN and that's what is fun to us. It's what drives us. We want to WIN at everything we do in life. Let's face it, winning feels good and is programmed in us as it should be. Let's remember that in Gods Salvation, everyone is a winner. 1Corinthians 9:24, says "Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run your race that you may lay hold of the prize and make it yours." The real prize we need to focus on is the prize of eternal life in Heaven.
To be with Family & Friends
And equally fun part of racing is the time we have with friends and family. It's a special time that we just seem to overlook when at home. John 4:8 says "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
To stay off the street & stay clean
Some say racing is just too expensive. Can you really put a price on something that can help us stay the course and be more Godly? Can you put a price on keeping these young ones off the street and staying clean? The cost is minimal and we all know that or we wouldn't be here. There are a lot of distractions in this world and God gives us fun things to help us keep from getting sucked into making bad decisions. Drugs for instance, can snatch up our life faster than we can think. It amazes me that bad decisions can change the course of our lives so much, and so fast. This is why it's so important to realize that sometimes in the heat of the moment, those little wrong decisions can become not so little. God tells us in Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord."
To Face and Conquer Fear
Some, most, say that racing is just too dangerous. And while we all agree that racing is dangerous, we love working on a jump or rhythm section and finally getting it down. We all get scared at some point in this sport, and that point is different for each of us. The thing that isn't different for each of us is the taste of facing that fear and winning. Yes, motocross is a dangerous sport and if you haven't been hurt yet, get ready because it's coming. One thing is for sure, and God tells us in John 16:33. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble and suffering, but have courage--I have conquered the world." We are going to have problems at times and that's not always a physical hurt. All of us at some point will encounter some big emotional and heartbreaking things that won't have anything to do with racing. That kind of makes life dangerous too, but we can't always take the loop around the congestion. God tells us in Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you -be strong and courageous? Do not be terrified; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Remember the word racing is whatever you do and wherever you go. God is about peace and love and he is a Good God. Praise Him and give Glory to Him always.