I Feel His Pleasure

The other night we introduced the boys to Chariots of Fire. This 1981 Best Picture tells the story of two sprinters in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian and son of missionaries to China, and Harold Abrahams, a British Jew. Although the movie takes significant historical license in several areas, it is true that Liddell believed that by his success on the track he could bring glory to God.

Perhaps the most memorable quote of the film occurs during a conversation between Eric and his sister, Jenny. As the movie portrays her, Jenny is troubled by her brother’s decision to delay his calling to the mission field in order to participate in the Paris Games. “I believe God made me for a purpose,” Eric Liddell says, reassuring his sister that he will indeed fulfill God’s call to China.

“But he also made me fast,” he continues. “And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

I feel His pleasure.

Indeed in the movie, Liddell runs free and with full abandon, his head thrown back, completely alive, enjoying every minute of every race.

I feel His pleasure.

When do you feel God’s pleasure — so alive, so free, so utterly fulfilled?

Doing what God has uniquely created you for is an act of worship; in fact, as Eric Liddell said, for him to not run would be to hold his gift (and his Creator) in contempt. May you experience many moments of God’s pleasure as you live into who He has called and created you to be.

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