Have you ever received a gift from a friend whom you have missed for some time? How did that gift make you feel? You weren't expecting anything and, out of the blue, this person gives you a gift that brings you such joy that you want to share it with others.
Imagine the joy Jesus' disciples must have felt when he gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit. "Lord, send out your spirit, and renew the face of the earth," (Psalm 104:30). A gift of love and joy is to be shared with others.
Sharing God's Good News with our racing community is empirically about how we treat each other on a daily basis, and being thankful for what we have in our lives. All too often we tend to get caught up in ourselves and fail to see the bigger picture. We are all a part of God's team and we each play an equally important roll in it.
In racing, one person does not win a race. It takes a team of people who come together to share their gifts (talents) with one common goal, to win. It requires preparation, dedication and belief. If your team does not believe that they have a chance to win, they have already lost.
In my own case, my blog, Dirt from the Stands requires a team effort to present a weekly blog post. Many contributors from each race track—such as the management teams, photographers, and race teams—as well as my own proofreaders and assistants, make up the team of gifted individuals who help me present the weekly blog post that you read. I believe all gifts, including my writing, are from God and I am thankful for that.
Gifts are meant to be shared with the world. Imagine a world with no music because musicians decided to keep their talents locked up in a room. Imagine a world with no pictures because photographers kept their work in their own private collection or a world without words because writers decided to keep their writings locked up.
Just as the Gospel tells us to go out and share the Good News with the world (Mark 16:15), so must we have the courage to go forth and share our God-given talents with it as well. You don't need a special reason to do it either. All you have to do is believe.