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Mar 4, 2011

Hero of the Day

I have a new Christian hero today.  I've always liked this guy, but he did something this week that impressed me even more about him.

Morgan Shepherd is a NASCAR driver who was in his prime back when I first started watching racing in the late '80s and early '90s.  Today, he's 69 years old and still racing.  Throughout his 40 year professional career as a driver, he has always been very forward with his Christian faith and has used his public career as a race car driver to help the less fortunate and to spread the Gospel of Christ.

While in Las Vegas this week, shopping at the local Wal-Mart with his wife, 69-year old Morgan Shepherd chased down and caught a 15-year old shoplifter!  How many of us much younger men might have just stood by and watched two shoplifters running from the police and security guards?  Not Morgan Shepherd.  He chased them down, caught one, borrowed some hand cuffs from a police officer, and cuffed the kid!  And his only regret?  He didn't think he witnessed to the young man enough.  Now, that's a man of God.

Shepherd might be a little quirky to some, with his curly hair, his roller skating, or even the sponsor on his hood - Racing With Jesus.  But I think he set a great example to his fellow drivers, his fans, and maybe even the wayward young man he chased down and handcuffed.  When God put him in a situation which required action, he was ready and willing to step into the fray and do the right thing.

While writing this, I found something else which set an example for me personally.  Watch this video where  Shepherd tells a story about his charity and a fellow driver, Carl Edwards, who won the season finale in Miami.  He makes a great point at the end about how God sometimes uses our disappointments to fulfill his greater purpose in our life.  Something more to learn from the 69-year old Christian race driver and crime fighter.  Way to go Morgan!

P.S.  Morgan Shepherd and Carl Edwards aren't the only guys to drive a race car around Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Check out yours-truly giving it a shot.

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