On Sunday my family kicked off the 2011 NASCAR season in our usual way: all together in the family room watching the Daytona 500. We are not glued to the television for every lap, in fact the boys like to use their replica cars to run their own races. But the television was on for the whole race and we were all fully engaged and cheering for the green, white, checkered finish. And I if you don’t know what that means, you need to watch more NASCAR.
My oldest son has been a Tony Stewart fan ever since he decided he was obsessed with lining up cars at three years old, and this year good old Tony was in contention until the very end. Yet it was the young Trevor Bayne who first crossed the start/finish line. Bayne celebrated his twentieth birthday on Saturday and won the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Even more impressive than the victory was Bayne’s humility. The sudden fame and success of this young man could’ve looked quite different, but Bayne was steady in his faith and acknowledged the sovereignty of his Lord. Bayne appears to know that apart from Christ, he can do nothing (John 15:5), and my prayer is that this truth continues to be a centering reality for Bayne in the days to come.
Read more about Bayne and his faith here.