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. …
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.” … 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.”…
Spiritual blue flags may be waved at us in any number of ways. You may notice, for example, that a colleague looks distraught as you are leaving the office for the day. You ask whether the person needs anything, and you get the response, “No, I don’t want to bother you.” You can keep heading to your car … or you can decide to heed the blue flag.
Or you may be trying to get to your airport gate, but you overhear an elderly couple speaking a foreign language, and they appear confused. You realize they are probably having trouble understanding a sign. You think about stopping to help, but you know it will delay you. You can keep walking to your gate … or you can decide to heed the blue flag. …
No one can anticipate when blue flags will be waved, and they often show up when it’s inconvenient. It’s easy to feel resentful or frustrated at being the one who is getting the signals, but learning to heed them can take us far in life.
Jesus demonstrated a blue-flag way of life for his followers. Paul would later write to the Philippians that moving over for others is the very reason that Jesus came to earth: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness” (Phil. 5:2-7).
– Rob Fuquay
Take the Flag
From pages 41, 43-44 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.
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