Forgive and Accelerate
THAT thunderbolt is a right so-and-so.
Striking from nowhere, it rains down pain upon the unsuspecting racer, causing his/her/its vehicle to spin out of control for a few moments, losing precious racing time.
They come at the worst possible time to, just as you’re defying gravity or while jumping a sand island.
The thunderbolt can be the difference between winning and losing in Mario Kart.
It is the epitome of something being beyond one’s control. Even worse than that, it is caused by someone else, another player, someone you might not even see.
People- those we don’t know, have never met or are unlikely to ever meet- may do things or make decisions which impact on our own lives for what seems the worse.
These situations strike us perhaps when we least expect it. That can be financial (losing a job); emotional (posting something unkind directly related to you); mental (that complex calculus question you just can’t master); or even political (the introduction of a new law which doesn’t make sense to you).
It seems the good Mario Kart players are the ones who, when they get hit, are already preparing to forge on, to plant the accelerator, to make it to that final flag.
The apostle Paul spoke about striving towards a goal, pressing on towards the finish, which is to be more like Jesus.
He says although we are afflicted, we are not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; struck down but not destroyed.
In others words, we might take a hit from a thunderbolt or a tortoise shell (ie- someone might make fun of us for being a Christian or accuse us of being religious) but it’s important we keep the accelerator button flat and keep going forward.
Living a Christian life means there is plenty of opposition out there.
If Jesus was playing Mario Kart, He wouldn’t waste time pursuing the person who shot at Him or left the banana peel on the road dead ahead; He’d forgive and accelerate.
You will waste valuable time holding a grudge or waiting for payback- better to forgive and accelerate.
“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” - Colossians 3: 12 - 13