Robby Dilmore his radio name itself is an oxymoron (Christian Car Guy). Robby started working in car dealerships back in 1971, (over forty years ago), washing cars. He went from car washer to service, parts, sales and eventually worked up to Dealer Principle of a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Store in 1998, where he was when God called him to start The Christian Car Guy Radio Show in January 2006.
One of Robby’s greatest joys is sharing devotions with the residents of Somerset Assisted Living in Mockville, NC behind his former dealership and Charing the CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Committee) there. He also has rejoiced in teaching the Special Needs Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem for many years.
Robby has seen first hand the good the bad and the ugly of automobile service, parts, sales and finance business, and now The Lord has provided him with a chance to help folks around the world.
The Christian Car Guy Radio Show is syndicated nationally on 27 radio stations with live streaming on the internet and podcasting available on ITunes and over 30 other outlets. His 30 second helpful tips feature, Stayin on The Highway is now also syndicated.
Robby also hosts Kingdom Pursuits, another one hour live show on Saturdays that signed on in 2008 across the Truth Network.
Robby has been interviewed for the Christian Car Guy perspective across hundreds of other radio outlets including the Fox Radio Network, Financial Life Line, The G. Gordon Liddy, and Lars Larson radio shows even a National TV appearance on Fox and Friends.The Christian Car Guy Web site provides Godly counsel with hundreds of articles on everything from gas saving tips to how to be a four stroke Christian. Robby’s articles have been quoted in blogs from the Los Angles Examiner to The Autoblog.NL Germany’s most popular Automotive Blog.
Robby has been married over 25 years to his wife Tammy and has four Children, Leslie Brad, Robby III, Tess and Mariah, they are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem
Robby Loves to Speak locally in North Carolina as well as across The Country to have Robby at your event email him @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call Robby @ 336-909-2779
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The more I thought about it the more it hurt my brain. The word pitch is so many places, Pitch Fork – Pitch a tent – Tar Pitch – Pitch a Fit – Sale Pitch – Pitch Pipe – Propeller Pitch – Roof Pitch – Pitch Dark – Pitch a Baseball or Golf Ball, hurt yet? Keep thinking it will, I have been thinking about this all week and have finally come to the conclusion, (a beautiful one if you can see it), the word Pitch is a SHMILY, yes a God SHMILY. I’ll explain.
Tuesday morning in my daily prayer I asked for my word of the day and felt Jesus tell me, harbor. That I immediately, (as almost always I do), I began to doubt, “did God give me that word, or did I just make it up in my head?”. My faith has taught me to go with it regardless and by ‘go with it’, that means for me to study the word with God- Biblically. Although this word appeared to be out of left field and nothing to do with what I was currently studying or experiencing.
To add to my doubt the word – harbor, isn’t even in the KJV but I found it in the NKJV in Isaiah 23:1 as bayith in Hebrew. Essentially meaning house. So where is the first place you find bayith strongs H1004 in the Bible? Now it started to get good. Genesis 6:14 “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
The word, there translated “within” is bayith, harbor. Having a tiny bit of Hebrew understanding I know that the letter bet, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is a huge deal, it looks like a house starts the Torah. Here is a small taste of what the Jews teach on this from Chabad.org.
“The meaning of beis is bayith, which is Hebrew for “home.” Why did G‑d create the world? The Midrash11 tells us that G‑d desired a home. How does one define a home? A home is the place to which you return after finishing with your worldly affairs. You remove your shoes, change to comfortable clothes, and relax. You don’t have to put on a show or “sell” yourself to anyone. It’s a place where the real you comes alive. G‑d also wanted a place where He could be Himself and unite with His bride, the Jewish people. That was the objective of Creation. That is the beis of bayith, the first letter of the Torah, theblueprint of Creation. ”
Now that sounds like a harbor doesn’t it, and this gets beyond beautiful here in Genesis 6:14 as when God tells Noah to Pitch it, inside and out. Inside being where Noah and family will find that harbor. The beyond amazing thing is; the word Pitch in Hebrew is “kaphar” the same word as ransom or atonement cover, my friend Charley pointed out; the the day of atonement is Yom Kippur.
I think you may be tracking with me now on what is the perfect pitch? Its Jesus blood, it not only covers us outside, it’s inside and makes that harbor for you and God. No accusers, no condemnation with That blood covering the inside of your heart. A really cool meditation is; our Communion the bread and the wine, its pitching us on the inside.
Here comes the SHMILY – God set a bow in the sky to cover us and remind us that he would never again flood the earth wiping out all mankind. SHMILY is “See How Much ILove You”. SHMILY: a few years ago I read of an older couple married over 60 years and they would leave SHMILYs all over the house as sort of a love game, reminding each other of there love, they would spell it out in the sugar dish, on top of the butter, even on the toilet paper.
I believe God has done that for we, who speak English with the word PITCH, look over your head most anytime, your roof is pitched, God has you covered, rain will not pool when there is a pitched roof, that’s why you pitch a tent, even in the pitch dark God has you covered…yep a SHIMLY.. The Hills are alive with the PITCH of Music a SHIMLY. The road you drive on is covered with what? SHIMLY – at your baseball game, playing golf, pitching hay with a pitch fork, SHMILY – they are all harbors, God’s with YOU! A home He has you covered…. Feel free to look around you and find them, SHMILY it is truly written everywhere. ENJOY that harbor with God no waves crashing in on you just deep calling to deep, rich and amazing love.
In order to be rescued you have to want to be rescued and the level of distress appears to be critical to the amount of want. It was once explained to me that if your arm is chopped off and you are in the emergency room to get stitched up, you don’t ask the doctor: “How much is this going to cost?” Seems like a simple enough principle but, how deep do you want to go into this rabbit hole, Alice?
The original reason this principal was being taught to me, many years ago, was to help me to see the need to build desire for a car in order to increase the profit margin, and I’m guessing they teach something similar in all sales applications, however there is a spiritual side to this and a practical side that is life saving, both physically and eternally.
If you listen to the sound byte above you may note there are a couple attempted rescue scenes, the first one; a mass of people have been sold that they need a rescue as you can hear them shouting, “Hallelujah”, from the movie, Rango, it’s actually a con in order to control them. In the second scene from the movie, Family Man, there the young man sees no need for a rescue from a person who appears lost himself. “What do you need, Jack?”
“I got everything I need,” Almost chilling isn’t it, to hear the stark hypocrisy, but a hypocrisy that Jack himself has no idea of. Watch the movie and its clear.
How about me? Do I have everything I need? Honestly, no! I need a rescue almost minute by minute, maybe second by second. God was so kind to give me my word for the day last Sunday, “Absolute Victory”. The first place you find that word victory in the KJV is 2 Samuel 19:2 2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.
The Hebrew word for ‘victory” here is ‘teshuwah’ – meaning salvation deliverance a rescue. As I pondered this, my word Thursday was, “surrender” which in Hebrew means to lay prostrate. It occurs to me that if I am truly to be rescued, I will have to have absolute, unconditional surrender; lay down my time, my will, my money, my control, my motive, my relationships and my plans. I told you this is a deep rabbit hole.
When we allow someone to help us we surrender a little bit, but in order to be rescued, saved it takes a further degree of surrender.
The first thing I was taught in selling cars was –The Road To The Sale, ten ordered steps to take a customer through to “help” them buy a car. The first of which was the –Meet and Greet. Here I was taught the first thing you do is offer your hand and introduce yourself, “Hi, I’m Robby Dilmore, welcome to ABC Motors”. WE were taught; DO Not and , absolutely, do not say “Can I Help you?” .
Here comes the true confession; I never did that, yes I taught it, to maybe hundreds of car sales people, but I, myself, never did it. It felt awkward and I don’t like telling people who I am and I never have, you may have noticed I never introduce myself on the radio, if I can help it. Truth is I have never surrendered. Who I am seems irrelevant to the circumstances and God clearly asked me to help people years ago as sort of my mission statement, so in order to actually help someone they have to surrender something and trust must be of the highest priority. I personally don’t lean toward trusting someone who makes much of themselves, I feel this is more about them than me.
What I would actually say when I met a customer is: “can I show you something?” I kinda figured that’s what they came for, was to see something and if they let me show them something, the surrender process had started. Not that I thought through all that, it just felt natural. Then I focused on trying to discern what they wanted and more importantly what they needed and did my best to find it and share the features that met the needs and wants and hopefully they would see that I was out to help them. That was really all there was to it. I was and am, quite shy, believe it or not, my selling gifts I believe were my motives not my charisma.
God shared these Victory/Rescue and Surrender concepts just this week and I believe it really is aimed at further surrender, because further surrender to, Jesus, means further victory. I love how my whole life in the car business, now over 40 years, God has been teaching me practically what this all looks like in this process, so that now, for my victory, I can surrender further, lay down my time, my will, my money, my control, my motive, my relationships and my plans. MY desire for rescue needs to be increased in order for me to lose all concern for the value of what is being surrendered. Just like my friend told me years ago, I am bleeding to death, my arms chopped off, do I need to ask how much? Answer is: Oh Yes, Jesus paid way, way way more then I could possibly understand, He did know what was at stake in His surrender! Thank you, Jesus.
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In the 23rd Psalm you may recall the last line “Surely Goodness and Mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The word “follow”, David used, in Hebrew is “radaph” meaning to pursue or run after.. are some of the definitions. A lot more action than I imagined.
This week I listened to Genesis on my audio Bible App with an ear to hear when and why God Spoke to people and they spoke back, their prayer life or even better their conversational intimacy with God. So I noted that the first real discussion with God took place after Adam had totally blown it, and I mean totally. God came after him in, high speed pursuit, “Where are you?” and the conversation that follows, but in the end God covers them.
The Next conversation when I had ears to hear it, blows my mind. We don’t have a record of the conversation with the good brother, Abel, no, we have a record of the conversation with the black sheep, the one, not the 90 and 9. First God warns him, “Sin is at your door.” Then after Cain literally commits the first murder in cold blood, God comes after him, so similar to Adam, asking a question surely God knows the answer to, “Where is your brother?” Once again in the end after this kid is seemingly beyond hope God saves his life by putting a mark on him. Hmmm, I thought sin disqualified me from a prayer life?
Skipping over a great deal more shenanigans with Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and believe me there is plenty there worth listening to, but the next one that totally and I mean totally blows my mind, is Aaron, yes Aaron while God has Moses up on Mt. Sinai and is taking two chapters telling him how he is to make Aaron’s sacred garments and how Moses should anoint and consecrate his brother to a Royal Priesthood, Aaron is at that very time down at the camp melting gold with his infamous story, “I threw gold in the fire and out came this calf”. Talk about grace and mercy in high speed pursuit of someone. Yet, God had Moses direct the most sacred garments I have ever heard about made for this POSER, apparently God knew something we didn’t see.
Keep going and eventually we find ourselves back at Jonah, with all his bad attitude, God is in High Speed Pursuit, not once but twice. Oh, yes, it would appear that a really great time to get close to God is when I least would expect to, that is when I totally blow it, (obviously, not blow it on purpose to get next to God), SURELY, GOODNESS AND MERCY WILL PURSUE and RUN AFTER ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE…. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER!!
This week my 20 year old daughter called me in the middle of the day, that’s a call I always take, she then shocked me by the reason for the call. “Daddy, this manager at worked asked me: you don’t really believe all that stuff in the Bible, like, how about the story of Jonah and the whale, you don’t really believe someone could live after being swallowed by a fish for three days? Daddy he was sincere and I said, yes, of course I do, but I really didn’t know what to say, it made me feel kinda bad, I didn’t have a better answer, because he was sincere.”
For all sorts of reasons this conversation touched my heart in a good way, yet, naturally the next question is, “what would you say?” I mean that as a question to you the reader; what would you say? I really have thought about it for 3 days, that’s how long by the way, Jonah was in there and the more I have processed and sought others with the question the more amazing it gets. Yet the really cool question I think is: what did Jesus mean when he said a number of times, ” an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the … seeks a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah “? What was the sign of Jonah? Most would say it was three days in the tomb and resurrected, yes, I love that but I think there is more.
At a Bible Study Thursday morning a good friend shared that the people of Nineveh worshiped a fish God, so Jonah’s street cred went up drastically with this fish story, I have also herd that others who have been swallowed by fish were bleached white and lost all hair, so this may also have added to Jonah’s street cred. My friend also shared that Jonah had led one of the biggest and fastest revivals in the history of the world. AHA, that could be the sign Jesus was referring to, perhaps the largest revival of gentiles, EVER, and right under the Judgemental Jew’s Noses, again.
If you re-read the story and its well worth it, there are so many, Jonah had a phenomenal conversational intimacy with God. Jonah by the way was no poser, he told God exactly what was on his mind, kinda like, Cain.
Jonah 4: 9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it good for you to be so angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said, “I am angry enough to die!”
10 But Adonai said, “You have pity on the plant for which you did no labor or make it grow, that appeared overnight and perished overnight. So shouldn’t I have pity on Nineveh—the great city that has in it more than 120,000 people who don’t know their right hand from their left—as well as many animals?”
There are so many signs here its phenomenal. “My sheep hear my voice”, you bet we do, I believe Jonah was enjoying a prayer life that was beyond cool and what Jesus did made a way for us to have that. Jonah had a bad attitude it would appear, as did Cain, but God still spoke to them, it couldn’t be clearer. To me one of the coolest signs here is that God is hanging out with a suicidal, depressed, narcissist and loving on him in amazing ways. GRACE, GRACE, Jonah was God’s favorite in spite of all the shenanigans, SOOOOO – even I got a chance at THAT!
Adventure, oh what an adventure Jonah goes on with His Friend, God. I’m thinking it might be kinda cool to go on that fish ride, if you knew you would live to tell about it. Don’t tell me we haven’t all thought about it as we name our cars Barracuda or Marlin, Stingray, and these ain’t no wimpy cars by the way, they will take you on a ride. Jonah’s comfort zone gets beyond stretched, he learns to trust God in ways only Jonah could explain. The sign of adventure, I have to admit God has pulled me into things I thought I’d drown haven’t you?
One thing I am absolutely convinced of: ITS A LOVE STORY, God loved Jonah, Nineveh, 120,000 people/Kids who didn’t know their right from their left, God even mentions the animals of Nineveh. UNCONDITIONALLY!!!
Yet, don’t miss that love didn’t change the rules, they still had to repent, turn from the wicked and turn back to Daddy. Jesus gave us that sign all right, we just need to believe it, which gets back to my daughters answer which I don’t think was so bad… “yes, I believe”.
No doubt Charles Dickens encapsulated the Orphan Spirit in Oliver Twist. All alone no one really cares, if its going to get done, its up to me. How I felt when I prayed up until Monday morning.
My normal morning I hope to be up by 4am, feed the animals get my coffee and praying by 4:15 fortunately that was the case Monday and I pray along the lines of the daily prayer I spoke about in my show a year or so ago and posted here. When I get to the part that says, “Heavenly Father thank You for loving me”. Lately I imagine my self rising like Solomon in my show, “Getting a Lift From A Lion”. Then placed in the Father lap for an intimate time of anointing as described in my article, on the 23rd Psalm. Monday as I was delighting in the Father, I looked up and asked, “could I ask You, a question?” He laughed with approval and I asked, “Am I the only one up here, in Your lap?”.
Oh, words can not describe the joy that was in His face as He said, “I’m so glad you asked, Robby.” Then it was as if a veil was lifted and I became aware that everyone I cared about was there, my wife and children, grand children my dear friends and even some who aren’t so dear. Multitudes were there, or should I say are there.
What I then became aware of was the veil was the orphan spirit, perhaps one of the greatest evils that befalls mankind, that feeling that Jesus cried out on the cross, “My Father, My Father, why have You forsaken Me?”
Then I noted the pluralistic way Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father – Give us and forgive us as we”.
I also noted Daniel’s prayer in Daniel Chapter 9 : 4 “I prayed to Adonai my God and confessed, saying: ‘O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and mercy with those who love Him and keep His mitzvot, 5 we have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have acted wickedly; we have rebelled; we have turned away from Your mitzvot and from Your rulings. 6 We have not listened to Your servants the prophets,[a] who spoke in Your name to our kings, our leaders and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
Nehemiah’s prayer in Chapter 1:6please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant that I am praying before You today both day and night on behalf of Your servants, the Bnei-Yisrael. I am confessing the sins of Bnei-Yisrael that we have sinned against You—yes, I and my ancestral house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against You. We have not kept the mitzvot, the statutes, nor the rulings that You commanded Your servant Moses.
With an understanding of the antidote for the Orphan spirit gained by ingesting Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” Martin Horsey, Keith Hampshire wrote these lyrics, Consider Yourself
” Consider yourself at home
Consider youself one of the family
We’ve taken to you so strong
It’s clear we’re going to get along
Consider yourself well in
Consider yourself part of the furniture
There isn’t a lot to spare
Who cares?.What ever we’ve got, we share!If it should chance to be
We should see
Some harder days
Empty larder days
Always-a-chance we’ll meet
To foot the bill
Then the drinks are on the house!
Consider yourself our mate
We don’t want to have no fuss,
For after some consideration, we can state
One of us! “
So are we alone when we pray, I’m thinking “NOT”! So how about your driving, do you consider its you against every driver out there or is it a team effort, we all need to get places and by helping the traffic flow WE can enjoy the Fellowship of The Father’s Delight as we let that other driver in… Just sayin. So as a opportunity to take on the Orphan Spirit next time your behind the wheel… “We don’t want to have no fuss,
For after some consideration, we can state
One of us! ”
So maybe you have heard the saying before, “Miles and Miles of Heart”, but – What the heck does that mean?? or is it even relevant?? Yesterday morning I asked God for a word for the day and He flipped the word heart at me, kinda strange, but I thought what is the Hebrew understanding of that word ” לֵב leb ” and went on an adventure to discover the ancients view point.
The first place you find it in the Bible is in Gen 6:5, you may remember that catchy phrase ” And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Miles and miles of that heart sounds kinda scary, but there is that word
” לֵב leb “ and armed with the word in Hebrew I found this description at a Jewish Dictionary site that connected many, many dots for me: “To the Hebrews, a creature with a heart was a creature who was able to assess the kaleidoscope of impulses around him, sieve out the things that were most important and more or less disregard the rest. Heart-forming lies at the base of both intelligence and determination, and the opposite of having a heart is being either ignorant, indifferent or cowardly.”
So I remembered the caller last week, Danielle from Durham, NC who near the end of her call she described how many interpreted her caring so much as bad tempered, for me the light just blazed on, “THAT’s Miles and Miles of Heart!”
I remembered when I went to my first general managers meeting with the Crown Automotive organization, Royce Reynolds was the owner and at the time I wasn’t a general manager but a general sales manager and was brought by my general manager to sit in on his presentation. What I witnessed I will never forget, these guys, there were about twelve of them, were literally screaming at each other throughout most of the meeting and what really shocked me was that Royce Reynolds seemed to like that, even get a kick out of it. So as we were driving back to Raleigh I asked my Boss, “Why does Royce put up with that screaming, it even seemed as though he enjoyed it?”
My Boss, Ron Hodge’s answer was profound wisdom I had never considered. He said, “Royce wants managers who care deeply, depth of conviction, who are willing to fight for what they believe, as a matter of fact if he doesn’t see that fire in your belly you will never get promoted.” What Ron was telling me was that to succeed at Crown I would need miles and miles of heart. He was right.
So with this understanding, Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. I can now see more clearly that I need to guard my heart from caring about the wrong things or better to nourish my heart’s desire to care for the things worth caring about, especially, my relationships, God first, then wife – family – friends -church.
The other thing I believe this helps me with is kindness, kindness to people who care so much they are freaking out, perhaps if they are caring about the right thing I need to freak out with them, or if I discern they are caring deeply about something I wouldn’t, then at least I can admire their heart and try to help them guard theirs if its way off base.
Kindness to myself too, like when, gee, I really got upset, my heart must be in this, my heart is alive that’s a good thing, now lets take a look at the value of what my heart is set on. So I’m passionate about this, lets do a heart check not start calling myself a maniac, better to say, God made me to care and care deeply.
There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here! When criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear and frighten all who see or hear the cry goes up both far and near for Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! ..Say it with me- Speed of Lightning Roar of thunder Fighting all who rob or Plunder, UNDERDOG.
If like me you grew up on this, no doubt its implanted in your mind somehow. Yet, if anyone thinks it originated Saturday Mornings, sorry, the Bible was the first to coin the phrase under dog, and for me that Bible understanding is a gift itself an understanding of the Father’s Day Gifts I have been receiving since my birth, many from both my earthly and heavenly Fathers.
Take a Look at the story for yourself of the original Under Dog, it found in both Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30. You know when the Canaanite Woman said to Jesus. “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” The woman was then commended by Jesus as having “GREAT FAITH”. “There’s No Need To Fear, Under Dog is Here.”
Yes if you have a “Fear of The Lord” to the point that you get the gift described in the seventh anointing of the Holy Spirit in Isaiah 11:3 The Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
That delight in the fear of the Lord is the very thing Underdog is commending, There is no need to fear, the Lord is way bigger and badder than any villain or supervillain, even more than Simeon Bar Sinister. Isn’t it interesting that they even used the Jewish “Bar” meaning ‘son of’ in the super villain’s name. Jesus clearly is your warrior King fighting all that rob and plunder, meaning Satan the thief.
My father loved the Underdog in any football game, or fight, having been bullied a lot as a kid, his love for the Underdog was contiguous, maybe is is that way for you. I don’t think its any coincidence that we love Underdogs because in reality we are all out gunned by our arch enemy Satan. Yet, with faith of that dog under the table there is no need to fear, abiding in Christ you win every time.
I want to share another Father’s Day gift idea, the gift of Prayer. I always kind of knew it was a Father’s Day gift, but this week God showed me that in a big way so I cherish it more now. I have for years been getting up earlier and earlier enjoying God to where these days I get up at 4-4:30 beginning in prayer, a delight would be an understatement. However, this week my wife and I where treated by Energize Ministries to go with a large group of Pastors on The Jesus Freak/ DC Talk Cruise to the Bahamas, pretty wonderful I am telling you.
My wife loves to sleep with me hugging her, I mean it really, really helps her feel loved and she sleeps much better she tells me. Fascinatingly, when I got up to pray the first day of our adventure together, I couldn’t, yes that may sound lame, but I wasn’t feeling it, not at all, it was a strange experience for me not to be able to pray, but I clearly sensed God telling me to go back to bed and hug your wife as she sleeps, who could argue with that at 4am.
My wife will tell you in an instant she hasn’t slept like that in years, yet Friday morning the day we were to leave, God got me up at 4:15 as ready to pray as ever. My wife Tammy still says she slept phenomenally. I saw the gifts laid out like Christmas Morning. My pray life is a complete gift, God gives it to me and He can arrange what ever way He feels necessary to help me be the man He is initiating. I am still marveling at what a gift prayer really is. Rest is as well, resting in a delight of the Fear of the Lord.
What, gift has your Father given you? Call in and share on today’s show 10am ET…
There is another Father’s Day Gift I will share on today’s show stay tuned to the last segment today. Or go listen to the Podcast.
Do You Think its a coincidence that Jesus sixth word from the cross was “It is finished” and on the sixth day of creation God finished? Even more so, do you think its a further coincidence that Jesus seventh word from the cross was, “Into Your hands I commit my Spirit,” The ultimate picture of rest, as pictured above.
It’s good to finish something well. recently I was putting a carburetor on my push lawn mower, normally the sort of a task that’s hard to finish for me. My fearful way of reassembling usually consists of adding one component and testing, going back redoing it, testing again etc…, etc… back I would go back test many times and rarely if ever really finish or in my case put everything back on the mower I took off.
This time I was confident in spite of the complicated mechanical task, without testing once, I completely reassembled the mower, every hose and filter, even put the cover back on before I tried to start it and sure enough once I was really finished, pulled the cord only about half way and the mower fired off like new. Now I could rest and I mean really rest in a great place a job well done.
What is the only thing commanded in the 23rd Psalm, REST! “He MAKES ME lay down in green pastures. What’s the difference between a good new born baby and a difficult one? Answer: If they sleep through the night- REST.
Look carefully at Genesis 2:3 ” Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. ”
Note the word “bless” in Hebrew: Barak- to kneel. Clearly God blessed Saturday, who doesn’t love Saturday. Consider with me that God has won, his plans are to bless me, not to harm me, right? RIGHT? Getting that concept from my head to my heart is beyond difficult; just yesterday when I was sure I was running out of gas fretting, and worrying it seemed the world was coming to an end!! I was stuck in traffic right before the tunnel from West Virginia to Virginia car’s distance to empty had gone from 26 miles to 2 in less than five miles because we were in an hour slow down, I was ready to burst. REST? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Ahhhhhh… Now with that in mind, Robby, kneel, really, just kneel, give it to God, the Big guy has this and Oh by the way He did. DO I TRUST HIM OR NOT?
That’s why kneeling, resting, trusting God blesses Him, what parent dosn’t delight in his kids resting and trusting them? Be still my soul…please God help me to grow in faith and trust and hope, not just for the tiny running out of gas incident but for the larger story – The Kingdom is Coming and my story is full of gospel power if I will boldly share it.
At the celebration of my dad’s life March 24th God gave me this to share. “Being the namesake son of a great man is not easy as it falls upon me to share the story well.”
Great Men reflect God greatly. Example: Jesus
Great Men are greatly misunderstood. Example: Jesus
Great Men risk greatly. Example: Jesus
Great Men don’t stay dead they come back from the dead. Example Jesus
Like all of us; “MADE IN GOD”S IMAGE” is a huge understanding to celebrating life. God’s very glory is reflected in each and every one of us in a very unique way, we were made for that, to reflect God so the whole world can see that facet of God’s glory we uniquely bear and if we don’t reflect that no one else can. I believe that’s what the Angels long to see in us, that unique aspect of God, His glory reflected. To understand how my dad reflected God, let me share the stories that I believe illustrate God’s Glory, though broken, as we are, still our true colors do come shining through in Christ.
Just as God named his favorites deepening their identity, my dad’s identity was deepened in his name. My grandfather, Hermon Dilmore was fascinated with the story of Scotland’s – Outlaw King, Robert the Bruce. He loved it so much he named his third son Robert Bruce Dilmore and even as a young boy he shared the stories with my dad, stories of a warrior King bent on freedom, outlawed and hunted for his very life, (sound familiar).
My grandfather’s favorite story was when Robert the Bruce was given the vision of a spider trapping it’s prey and was inspired by God to stop running and fighting as an outlaw but stand and lure the English army into his web. The result was freedom for the Scots, but a freedom that only came on the other side of war.
The life and death struggle of war came on my father early and as God allows, training my dad to be a warrior with live fire before he was ten. He got a horrible case of chicken pox and without anyone knowing it, one chicken pox festered underneath a tonsil for months the resulting infection weakening his heart for years to come, but at the time it truly threatened his life, once discovered he was too weak to take any anesthetic so he had to have his tonsils removed with nothing to put him to sleep or kill the pain, saving his life, yes, but the wound and his hatred of hospitals, doctors and pain stayed with him till the end.
The next real battle in my dad’s warrior training was at home, being the sickly child he got more than his fair share of his parents attention, so like Joseph’s brothers in the Book of Genesis, they really wanted to throw him in a pit, but they settled for bullying him especially his oldest brother, Hermon, Jr.. Little did Hermon know that what Satan meant for evil God used for good as this injustice brought out the warrior in my dad; he hated a bully and I mean if you wanted to see my dad’s passion let him even guess someone was being bullied and he was on them like white on rice.
Let me tell you that one of the greatest misunderstandings of my dad was his temper, we had a saying in our family we would call it, “He went Bob Dilmore on them”. What would seem like the nicest man ever would turn into a furious raging warrior. It didn’t take a lot in my house growing up to understand, “The Fear of The Lord”. My dad was terrifying when he was enraged and it didn’t take a whole lot to get him that way. For years I really struggled to understand. Simply put, it’s a reflection of the world’s fiercest warrior, Jesus. Exodus 15:3 “The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned.”
Did you get that, “hurled” – not tossed or thrown, a picture of enraged Savior when you bullied his kid. Jesus clearing the Temple did some hurling. Jeremiah 20: 11 “But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me.”
Yes, Jesus is a Juggernaut and so is my dad, little did I understand that it was how my dad reflected God and now looking back on his life it was how God used my dad. The last 30 years of my dad’s career he was expert witness in court cases where car dealers were suing General Motors, Ford or Chrysler for bullying them. He was the Robin Hood of the car business, he helped lawyers take from the giant corporate bullies and give to the beleaguered car dealers.
My dad was always up for a battle of wits with the fiercest corporate lawyers and his company MPG (Management Performance Groups) was hated and I mean hated by the big three’s legal teams.
Love is a risky business and risk is another place my dad shined God’s glory. God risk giving me free will, WOW! God risk loving Judas, Ahab, Hitler and me. Yes, God is the ultimate risk taker and my dad also reflects that.
My dad with no college at all applied for and got a job with Buick motor division when he was 19 years old. He was the youngest assistant car distributor ever and I feel certain that record will never be broken.
By 1966 he was the Chicago Zone Business Manager and at the Chicago Auto Show that year all the big wigs were coming down from Flint and wanted to see Tony Bennett who was singing at Cobo Hall, my dad went down to get a table and when he arrived, Chrysler had the front row table with a huge Chrysler ice statue. Talk about a risk, he tipped the maitre ‘d $1,000 and when the Buick Executives arrived they were seated in the front with a Tri-Shield (Buick) ice statue. A week later my dad was promoted to Flint as Director of National Used Car Sales for Buick. Yes my dad was a risk taker.
My dad loved adventure, especially the Colorado Mountains where he was born. Even at 86 he still took us trout fishing, he loved those mountain roads, flying around the curves, I feel quite sure my daughter saw her life flash in front of her eyes many times on that mountain drive. Adventure is risky, it brings out the man in you and my dad reflected that masculine heart. He took my brother and I salmon fishing in Vancouver, Canada when he was in his 60’s a trip my brother and I will always cherish. He took my wife and I to Hawaii just two years ago driving the road to Hana he was in his element, adventure. Yes God loves adventure, look at any Character in the Bible and God always took them on an adventure, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Peter (got his feet wet), Paul, oh my goodness did Paul have adventure.
Another place my dad was greatly misunderstood and perhaps his biggest struggle, my dad was a ladies man. No doubt about it, and its a good thing or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it. My wife would tell you, he set such a standard that my wife Tammy has compared me to him for years, “why can’t you close the car door after I get in like your dad does for me? Why can’t you just sit and talk with me like your dad does?” Oh, brother, a hard act to follow.
Yes, my dad was married three times and in our deepest conversations he would share with me his desperate need to feel loved. He struggled here, but he also succeeded in many ways. When my mother’s mental health was at a critical tipping point he was given a choice by her doctors to leave his beloved career with Buick and it’s lifestyle or lose my mother’s mental health. He chose her, and she did recover and I got my mom back for more that 46 years after that, yes their marriage didn’t end well but that choice bore much good fruit. As John Eldredge would say, he rescued his beauty. In that moment he reflected our Saviors rescue of us, sacrificing his own life in the process. Thus to my last point, “Great men don’t stay dead they come back from the dead”.
After my father left Buick he really struggled, having risen to such heights then working at a car dealership he expected the workers there to have upper level GM professionalism and drive. All told he tried 5 times to be a car dealer all 5 he was either fired or went broke.
The last time he was fired by Les Shellabarger Chevrolet in Grand Junction Colorado, Les even told him that God said he should fire him. At the same time his second marriage failed and I was with him that night, a crying despondent 50 year old who thought his once glorious career and family was ruined, why, why; he cried as he held his snub nose 38 to his head.
With God’s help we made it through that night, the next day he got up and went to apply for a job at a car dealer 20 Group Company in North Carolina called Egan Management, within 3 years he remarried with two more step daughters and founded MPG also a 20 group car dealer company. Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Yes, great men don’t stay dead and my dad is not, I will see him again, but “Not yet, Not Yet”.
Right this moment my dad is with Jesus and they both want all this for you; a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue. Jesus came that you would have LIFE and LIFE abundantly. My dad had that life because at an early age he believed that Jesus was the Son of God sent here by the father to die on a cross and with that self sacrifice, Jesus paid for my dad’s sin, yours and mine. He believed that in order to live forever with God we need to accept that gift by faith and by faith alone, not by works… ITS A GIFT and Jesus died risking everything to rescue His beauty, YOU. Please believe and join us in heaven.