So how do you like your coffee, hot, cold, or lukewarm? If you are not a coffee drinker then how do you like your tea,, hot, cold, or lukewarm? In test after test the answer will always be hot or cold. Imagine being served a lukewarm iced tea or a lukewarm coffee, not very good is it! Now let’s take it a step further are you passionate (hot), could care less (cold), or nonchalant (take it or leave it – lukewarm) about our sport of auto racing?
I can tell you the passionate people live and breath auto racing, they are usually involved, they are usually the racers, the pit crew, or the officials. The care less people are ones who were passionate but burnt out of racing or they are the generation who grew up with way more options for their time. The take it or leave it people are the lukewarm people, the ones local tracks need to sustain their business but are extremely hard to count on.
Let’s take it one step further, what does God think about hot, cold, or lukewarm people. There is an answer, Revelation 3::16, “So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Matthew 12:30 also states, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does gather with me scatters”. Second Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths”.
Why do I bring this up, because our sport needs passionate hot people who will treat each other with respect, speak only highly of the sport and the people within the sport, who will admit when they are wrong and be forgiven by those who thought they were harmed. No one is perfect and we must accept that, this world is not our home, we are just passing through. Friendships are made in this sport and for some reason friendships are broken in this sport sometimes by people who have their own selfish agenda. Isn’t it time we put the sport itself ahead of our own agenda?
Remember God first, family second, work or a means to provide third, and everything else in the proper priority. Whether it be your religion, your family, your work, your friends, take the time to reflect, are you hot, cold, or lukewarm?