Ferrari: Winning, Losing and Competing Together

In one scene in the movie Ferrari, racing entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari is giving his drivers a pep talk. He tells them to imagine coming to a bend in one of the races and finding a rival driver drawing alongside them. There is only room for one driver to take the bend, who will it be, who will keep their foot down and who will take their foot off the pedal? He tells them that if they ease up – bam – they lose the race. And he slams his hand on the table in frustration. In Hebrews 12 verse 1 Paul likens life to a race, and in 1 Corinthians 9 verse 24 he says that he runs in such a way as to win the prize. But this is not a prize won at the expense of others. We are not in the race to force others off the track, rather we run in such a way that invites others to follow. We are not here to knock others off the track. And that’s a challenge in this age of blame and criticism.

‘Be kind to one another, forgiving and tender-hearted, just as God in Jesus has forgiven you.’ This is what Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 32. We have a caring heavenly father urging us on, and his son running beside us in this race, his spirit giving us strength and stamina. We win as we run together. And more than that, when others fall behind or get knocked off the track, we are invited to stop and help them. Like the Brownlee brothers back in 2016 in the world series final. Alistair was in perfect position to win, but when he saw his brother Jonny struggling with heat exhaustion he stopped to help him cross the finishing line. Lord please help us to keep going today in the race you have set before us, with perseverance, patience, courage and kindness.

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