I was recently reminded of this thought provoking statement from the 1980’s movie Chariots of Fire, a story based on two players in the 1924 Olympics.
In the movie, Eric Liddell trains to be a competitive runner, much to the dismay of his devoutly Christian sister who believes his time would be better spent doing mission work in China where they grew up.
Eric responds that his ultimate intention is to work in China, but not before pursuing running. He says, “I believe God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
This went on to be, perhaps, the most memorable and oft-quoted line of the movie.
Do you believe that? I do.
God is good. His creation is good. And in His creativity He has planted unique skills and talents within each of us.
Have you ever considered that just by living in the magnificence and fullness of who He created you to be, you could bring Him glory and pleasure? Consider the artisans and craftsmen who constructed the tabernacle in Israel’s early history.
“The LORD has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, intelligence, and skill in all kinds of crafts… [and] the ability to teach their skills to others.” Exodus 35:31-34
God is source of everything good in us. In His creativity and love He planted abilities and passions within us. He wired each one differently, according to His pleasure.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
With Him the heavens originated, the intricate truths of Physics, the possibilities for beauty, design, culinary arts, philosophy, photography, and artistry.
He’s the creator of the world. Our discipline of science seeks merely to understand it, but yet we only comprehends the shallow waters of what IS. And the depth and breadth of His created world brings God pleasure, especially when it’s lived out for His glory.
So if God created you to do something well, do it well.
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
For we are His workmanship. And to Him only belongs the glory for our accomplishments.
If God has put in you a desire to do something, do it. Do it well. Do it for His glory.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
What are your talents? What ability has God given you that “when you run you feel His pleasure?”
For me it’s writing and being a mom.