Gran Turismo

Tune-ups Required

A FRIEND was talking about his obsession with Gran Turismo when it first came out on the PlayStation.

He and his brothers (all adults) got heavily involved with it, beyond just a casual race every now and again.

He recalls that they would meet up and spend hours racing each other before going back to their individual homes and continue racing in order to find new ways to improve their cars.

Hours, he says, were spent refining parts to their cars- changing tyres, adjusting braking systems, altering transmissions and so forth, all to give them a slight edge when they met up again to play.

Back in those days (which makes it seem like a hundred years ago) they would save their cars onto a memory card and carry them around, just in case they went somewhere that had a PlayStation and a challenger.

Gran Turismo still boasts that it is the “real driving simulator”.

Even though it’s a video game that’s accessible to everyone, you could almost step back and say: “It’s not a toy.”

The cars are based on actual cars, set in the real world. To be successful, a player can’t just jump into the driver’s seat, press the accelerator to the floor and easily navigate all the corners.

There are physics and elements in play which make it feel real and require practice and adjustments to really appreciate the finesse of the game.

Yes, you can “jump right into the driver’s seat” of the Christian life but that doesn’t mean you’ll be automatically able to negotiate every tricky corner or challenge that comes along.

An old Sunday School song (another point that sounds like I was born a hundred years ago) has the line: “Little by little everyday, little by little in every way, Jesus is changing me.”

Growth isn’t a fast process. Yes, there is a major change in a person’s life when they accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour but becoming more like Him takes time.

It can be about making those adjustments and refinements; shaking off the clothes of the old life and embracing the new-found God-given freedom from sin.

In some circumstances, an entirely new car is called for. A complete change in thinking could be needed in your life once you give it to God.

The old things that used to hold such an attraction just aren’t designed for the new track in life you are now on.

Think about refinements and adjustments you need to make in your life to better drive the race for God.

Don’t forget to save your progress. (No memory card required.)


“Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

- Ephesians 4: 20-24.


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