In the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire the Olympian Eric Liddell prepares to run his last race and is handed a note: “He who honors me I will honor.” The gun goes off and the runners fly toward the finish line. Liddell speaks in a voice over, “Where does the power come from…To see the race to its end? It comes from within. I believe God made me for a purpose. He made me fast. When I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Dare we believe that God made us for a purpose and delights in our pursuit of that calling? Dare we feel his pleasure?
It comes with a cost. Chariots of Fire has scene after scene of runners training in all types of weather, pushing themselves mentally, emotionally and physically to utter exhaustion, even suffering injuries. They trained with no assurance of victory, just for the sake of competing in the race.
Liddell knew God’s purpose for him was to run. He counted the cost and willingly underwent the rigors of training to fulfill that call. What kept him going? He felt God’s pleasure.
The Czech President and poet, Vaclav Havel once described hope as “an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” So like Eric Liddle, we create and suffer and endure and trust that the process, our pursuit of our calling, is worth it, whether or not it is “successful.” We take pleasure in the pursuit, trusting God for the results.
God made you for a purpose. I hope you will join me this year in pursuing your calling, and like Eric Liddell, feeling God’s pleasure