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God, Grace, and the Roar of Thunder

NASCAR driver Blake Koch shares his faith journey and how God has blessed his life. Read Transcript


I GET TO GET IN A RACE

CAR AND GO AS FAST AS I

POSSIBLY CAN AND MAKE A

LIVING DOING IT.

Reporter: BLAKE COOK IS

A NASCAR DRIVER.

THE LOVE OF RACING STARTED

AS A BOY.

MOTOR BIKES WERE THE LOVE

OF MY LIFE GROWING UP FROM

THE TIME I WAS 13 TO 17

YEARS OLD.

I WAS ON THE ROAD WITH MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: HE WAS RAISED

IN A CHRISTIAN HOME, BUT HE

SAYS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD WAS A DISTANT SECOND TO

HIS LOVE FOR MOTE

MOTOCROSS.

BEFORE I WOULD TAKE OFF,

I WOULD SAY A PRAYER AND BOW

MY HEAD, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY

HAVE THAT ONE-ON-ONE

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE, NOW IS

THE TIME I NEED YOU, LORD.

I'M GOING TO RISK MY LIFE,

BUT WHEN I'M DONE, I'LL TALK

TO YOU NEXT WEEK WHEN I'M

BACK ON THE STARTING LINE.

Reporter: AFTER SEVERAL

TEARS TO HIS A.C.L., BLAKE'S

MOTOCROSS CAREER WAS OVER,

BUT HIS FOOTE FATHER

SUGGESTED ANOTHER HOBBY.

HE BOUGHT HIS RACE CAR,

AND HE WAS, DO YOU LIKE IT?

I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, AND

AFTER DRIVING THAT TRUCK,

PEOPLE SAID, YOU'RE REALLY

GOOD.

YOU CAN MAKE SOMETHING OF

IT.

AND I HEARD WITH GOD, ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, AND I

REALLY TOOK IT TO HEART.

WHEN I HAD MY FIRST SHOT TO

RACE IN NASCAR, I REALLY

WASN'T THAT NERVOUS.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO

SHIFT.

BECAUSE MY RACE CARS AT HOME

WERE ALL AUTOMATICS.

I GOT TO THE RACE FOR THE

FIRST TIME, AND I KNEW IT

WAS GOING TO BE A MANUAL

TRANSMISSION, BUT I KNOW GOD

OPENED THIS DOOR.

FEAR WASN'T AN OPTION.

AND THEN I QUALIFIED IN

CALIFORNIA, AND THEN THE

NASCAR CANYON SERIES.

Reporter: BLAKE SAYS HE

MADE HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH A

PRIORITY AND PUT HIS TRUST

IN JESUS.

IT'S A REALLY PERSONAL,

ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIP.

THAT REALLY STARTED WHEN I

WAS ABOUT 20 YEARS OLD.

WHEN I STOPPED CLENCHING THE

HOLY SPIRIT AND STARTED

LISTENING, AND READING THE

WORD MORE AND STUDYING AND

REALLY PURSUING CHRIST.

Reporter: HE SAYS HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH HAS HELPED

BRING STABILITY TO A CAREER

THAT CAN END IN A MINUTE.

SHORTLY AFTER I GOT

MARRIED, I LOST MY

SPONSORSHIP.

WORRYING DOES NOT ADD A

SINGLE DAY TO OUR LIVES,

JESUS TELLS US.

I KNOW THAT GOD IS GOING TO

TAKE CARE OF ME, AND HE IS

GOING TO PROVIDE MY DAILY

BREAD.

WHAT HAS REALLY HELPED ME

WITH THAT IS SURROUNDING

MYSELF WITH GREAT PEOPLE WHO

ON THE SAME MINDSET.

HAVING FELLOWSHIP, BUILDING

EACH OTHER UP, AND ALSO

SPEAKING TRUTH INTO EACH

OTHER'S LIVES.

Reporter: AFTER A BRIEF

PITSTOP FROM RACING, BLAKE

WAS BACK IN THE DRIVER'S

SEAT.

HE IS NOW SPONSORED BY

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL,

AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY SPEAKS

ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS WHEREVER HE CAN.

HE HAS GIVEN ME THAT

PLATFORM THAT PEOPLE LISTEN

TO ME.

AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TELL

PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS THROUGH

THAT.

IT IS HARD FOR ME NOT TO

TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE PERSON

I LOVE.

EVERY RESPONSE USUALLY HAD

JESUS INVOLVED IN IT.

Reporter: BLAKE SAYS HE

KEEPS HIS LIFE AND HIS RACE

CAR IN GOD'S CAPABLE HANDS.

I HAVE TO FULLY SURRENDER

EVERYTHING TO LET GOD WORK

IN MY LIFE.

IT IS NOT A ROUTINE.

IT IS NOT A SUPERSTITIOUS

THING, THAT IF I DON'T PRAY,

I'M NOT GOING TO PERFORM.

IT IS ALL ABOUT PUTTING THE

CAR IN GOD'S HANDS.

PUT THIS CAR WHERE YOU WANT

IT, IS MY PRAYER.

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, I

KNOW I'VE SAID THAT PRAYER

AND IT IS IN THIS HANDS.

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