#19: Oswaldo Negri – How his prayers won him the lottery!
Podcast with Host: Jai Shukla & Guest: Oswaldo Negri Jr
Q1 – What got you into motorsport?
On Sundays, Oswaldo Negri used to wake up at 7 am because there was a Go-kart race on TV. When Oswaldo was 8 that’s when he realizes that is what he wanted to do and he told his dad about it. His parents had opposed him doing it because they stated that it was too expensive. Oswaldo Negri ‘s dad told him, that he could race one day if he’s going to win the lottery. Oswaldo told him “I’m going to pray right now”. Two weeks later my dad won the lottery.
Q2 – What God are you praying to, how did that work out?
Oswaldo Negri just prayed. My Parents and Grandparents taught him how to pray as a kid.
Q3 – How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who gave everything he could in everything he did as an honest guy. It doesn’t matter what if you’re allocating the time for it. As I can do something the best of my ability and be happy with my performance, that’s the main thing, especially on the racing side. With Motor Racing business, you don’t know who you’re going to meet, so you have to keep your doors open.
Q4 – What will you say to people who are trying to still achieve what you are doing and have the work ethic that you have?
I didn’t give up. I went to England to try to be in Formula 1. I raced British Formula 3 in the early 90s. In the end, when I was close to approaching Formula 1, something happened that blocked that road. I thought all my dreams and my hard work it’s all gone. In my opinion, it was probably not meant for me to be in F1. My story was here in the US. I thought I would never be happy. I was even depressed. At age 55 I’m still racing. You have to have options – sometimes doors close but a better one is going to open. Persons need to be ready for opportunities. When you approach these opportunities while enjoying yourself you perform well in whatever you’re doing.
Q5 – What’s your motto in life?
Balance of everything basically – the balance of my professional career and family. I do a lot of coaching. You have to find all the positive stuff that happens daily in your life.
Q6 – What is the most thrilling event you’ve ever participated in or potentially won?
The biggest race that I won was Daytona in 2012. We won the race and it’s hard to explain how much it takes to do it physically and mentally. That’s one thing I won’t forget, that feeling. After you taste something as good as that you go to a different level and that’s what you will look for while on track.
Q7 – Who and what inspires you?
I grew up in Brazil. It’s a great country, but it was going through a really rough time and there were only 2 idols at that time and every kid wanted to be one of them, Pele and Ronaldinho. I would love to hear Ronaldinho’s story.
Q8 – How has your definition of beauty changed over time?
I don’t think it changes, because you try to see the beauty in everything. I look at things positively, beautiful career, family and friends.
Q9 – You mentioned reading as part of your hobbies – is that something you still have time for?
I used to do a lot more than I do now. I enjoy watching series that are not Fiction. I have a couple of books that I love reading, one of them I read every year.
Q10 – When you see your career almost coming to an end if you’re still being called into a new contract that’s keeping you driving?
As long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll still continue. Just before I connected with you I was doing a powerpoint with driving notes. I was doing everything with very small details. I try to get as many details as possible, so when I arrive at a track I can get going as quickly as possible.
Q11 – In terms of your plan for when you do actually retire, what do you see the shift being in terms of your attention for time?
I like to be involved in motor racing on the management side and have worked with many drivers. I had worked with a young American driver, Darren King. I took him to England a few times to test British Formula 3. I enjoy passing on to him what I know so we can cut his learning curve and help him. Throughout my career, I learned from my mistakes. I enjoy passing on to persons what I know from this career. My nephew started racing in Brazil at age 9, that’s actually the age I had also started racing. I went there 2 weeks ago to help him in one of the races; the whole family was there to support my nephew.
Q12 – Did you actually give either of these guys (Nephew and Darren King) the ultimate prayer for winning everything?
If they win I feel like a winner also. When they do well I cheer and get extremely happy. That feeling is the same when I win a race and that’s a very satisfying thing.Oswaldo Negri 's dad told him, that he could race one day if he's going to win the lottery and two weeks later his dad really won the lottery.
Praying to Win the Lottery
Is it wrong to pray for money and wealth? Not when you see all the good you can do with it!
Jun 23, 2017 · 4 min read
Look at this awesome promise that Jesus made before He was arrested and crucified:
Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, belie v e what you see — these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do. John 14: 11–14
What do you think about that? Jesus said that we will do greater things than He did, and that He will give us whatever we ask in His name! I think that’s awesome!
But even in the world of believers, there’s a lot of skepticism about this promise. We’ll receive anything we pray for? Really?
I’ve seen people roll their eyes. They’ll say, “Oh really. You’re telling me that if I pray, ‘God, I want a Mercedes Benz,’ then all I have to do is believe, and I’ll get it?” Or, “I can pray to win the lottery, and if I really believe I’m going to win, then I will?”
These are good questions! But they don’t take the whole of Jesus’s promise into account. He didn’t say, “Believe in me and I’ll give you everything you ask for.” No. He said, “I’m giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. So whatever you ask for along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.”
So the question is a little different than, “will God give me a Mercedes,” or “will God give me the winning lottery ticket.” The real question is, “Why do you ask for cars and money?”
Why? That word stands in advance of every prayer.
I believe it is God’s will to prosper you, but prosperity doesn’t always mean money or property. God can prosper you with a healthy family, or with peace at your job. There are so many ways that God can prosper you! In the end, though, they all have one thing in common. It’s an issue of the heart.
God looks at the heart of all people. Men and women alike, He looks at your heart. If you sit there and say, “God, I pray for a million dollars,” I’m going to guess that the first thing God’s going to ask is why you want a million dollars. If you want a million dollars so that you can be rich, then I don’t know if He’s going to prosper you in that way.
Jesus promises to answer your prayer and give you what you ask for because “that’s how the Father will be seen for who He is in the Son.” That’s the context of the promise. God will give you what you ask for because you are doing His will.
I pray for finances. I really do. I pray for them, and I believe I’m going to get them. I can’t necessarily tell you why God grants my prayers, but I can tell you the reason in my heart for wanting finances. It’s simple. I can see all the good that I can do with them.
I can feed the hungry and respond to crises like earthquakes and drought. These things cause famine. I can help create safe and sustainable water supplies for villages who have been in poor health because of contaminated water. I can help orphans, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, to thrive in loving communities. I can help protect men, women, and children from falling into the hands of slavers, and I can help restore them to life when they have been rescues. I pray for finances because I want really want to serve the least among us. That is serving Jesus!
I think God looks at your heart when it comes to everything. If your prayer is birthed in sin, it will never happen. Why would it? God answers prayers that are birthed in hope. He listens to your heart and wants to hear your hope of bringing His grace and power into the world, in faith. God answers prayers that are birthed in the desire to empower people to believe in Him and love Him. So if that’s your reason for asking, then yes, I fully believe that you’re going to get what you pray for.
In other words, if you’re going to do God’s will when you win the lottery, then pray for that, with all your heart!
I am the author of To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball (2013), and my second book is in the works. Visit my Huffington Post page here. I blog here. Follow me on Instagram & Twitter: @JeremyAffeldt.Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see — these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things… ]]>