AS A THREE-TIME WINNER of the Indianapolis 500, Hélio Castroneves has probably never had a blue flag waved at him in a race. This flag means you are about to be lapped, and it tells you to move to the outside lane to make way for the car that’s a full revolution ahead of you. Hélio jokingly says a blue flag “means someone else is having a better day than you.”
Heeding the blue flag isn’t mandatory. There is no penalty for ignoring it. That’s why it’s also called “the courtesy flag.” You obey it Hélio says, because “it’s the right thing to do.” That’s his philosophy both on and off the track: Many of the important things we do in life are done not because we have to do them. We do them because they are right. “Being humble,” Hélio says, “takes you far.”
– Rob Fuquay
Take the Flag
From page 41 of Take the Flag: Following God’s Signals in the Race of Your Life by Rob Fuquay. Copyright © 2016 by Rob Fuquay. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What do you find yourself doing because it is the right thing to do? Share your thoughts.
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Psalm 116:1, NRSV
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