While racers initially come together to pursue sport they become part of something much greater. Over the last few weeks all the race series we serve have opened up and finally put cars on the track. It was wonderful experience to reconnect in what seemed more like a family reunion than a sporting event. The depth of community in the garage or up and down pit road is incredible.
I took a moment during the opener with the sprint cars at Williams Grove to reflect on community and what that really means. I was witnessing connection, affirmation and encouragement at each component of our sport. Teams were giving motivational speeches to drivers, families were bonding with young ones over how to spray down the car in mud-off, while others were praising the tremendous recovery of a driver injured last year.
If you do a Biblical examination of what community is you are going to find many of the same attributes:
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philipians 2:4
“to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions…be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
Racing really is an ironic twist on community. We exemplify so much of good yet there are some very “rough” moments. This is an exceedingly passionate sport with undeniable risks and money on the line. It’s not an excuse for when things get heated but the environment is a catalyst for it. However, time and time again, no matter how deep the rival there is community.
As we gather together in sport we are also a refection of what the church / body of Christ is called to: True community – pursuing with extreme passion, investing incredible amounts of time and effort, gathering together regularly and taking care of one another’s needs. Just as racing passions could be a catalyst for “heated moments”, our community is a catalyst for God to move in us.
Let’s really embrace this unique opportunity before us to be community. Join with us in prayer that God continues his blessing and favor on our sport, that we experience Him in fresh and new ways through our community, and that he show us ways to make Him known in greater ways.