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Race Car Driver

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and lanjos.My son thinks he is a race car driver. “When I turn sixteen, I’m going to speed up and down these roads.”

I know my fourteen and a half-year-old son was picking to see my reaction. There we were, sitting in my car with my son in the driver’s seat. This should not be happening already. Just yesterday, I held him in my arms and sang lullabies to help him fall asleep.

Yet there we were—on our first practice driving session. We’d gone over all the necessary items for safety. We’d reviewed the mechanics of the car. We’d even prayed together. We were ready to drive.

I was excited and nervous at the same time. My son put the car in drive and eased up on the brakes. Slowly, he pushed the gas pedal and we were off on our adventure. Suddenly, I realized my life was truly in the hands of my child. I was totally dependent on him and his driving capabilities. All my confidence was in him to keep us safe. I had faith that Zack would follow the rules of driving and prevail at this task.

Scripture reminds me to be on my guard, faithful, courageous, and strong. I cling to this verse whenever I’m in the car with my son. “Lord, please help me have complete faith in You. I know You will protect my son and give him discernment to make wise decisions. Grant me the wisdom to teach this child what he needs to be safe. Help me be strong and courageous as I realize my son is growing up.”

I realize this verse has significant meaning for Zack also. My hope is he will be reminded to be on guard at all times for everything from peer pressure to driving on the road. My hope is this verse will give him encouragement as he navigates life’s road. That he can be bold in his faith in God and draw strength from Him.

Have confidence God is with you in whatever circumstance befalls you. He desires to be a very present part of every tiny detail of your life. Find peace in knowing you can call on God anytime, and He is there.

I may refer back to this Scripture often as the driving lessons continue. I am blessed I can rely on God to help me through trying times—even when my son wants to be a race car driver. 

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and lanjos.)

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Alisha Ritchie

Alisha Ritchie is a wife, mother of two wonderful children, physical therapy assistant by profession, and dedicated church member and Sunday school teacher. She resides in the small town of Stanfield, North Carolina, where she enjoys writing, spending time with her children, and ministering to others through her work and small group Bible studies. 


  1. Alisha, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You are a very special lady and I admire you so much!

  2. Truly enjoyed this writing - felt the Holy Spirit while reading.