eric liddellI’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely love watching the Olympics (and am having a VERY hard time concentrating on the things I need to get done when I could watch live streaming of events during the daytime hours!) While I enjoy the romantic artistry of figure skating and the intrinsic tension of racers trying to beat the clock, my favorite part is hearing the stories of the athletes.

Where did they come from? How long have they been training? What obstacles have they overcome along the way? Who is supporting their dream … and how many have criticized their devotion to a sport?

Ninety years ago there was a Scottish rugby player and runner who was the son of missionaries in China and had a passion for sharing his faith. There were some who wondered why he wasted his time running when there were souls at sake. His answer? “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Eric Liddell went on to win a gold medal in the 400-meter at the 1924 Olympics after withdrawing from his best event because the qualifying race was on a Sunday. (His story is depicted in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He then served twenty years as a missionary in China before dying of a brain tumor in a prison camp.)

While I am turtle-slow as a runner, I believe God gave me an ability to write. I am sure there were days when Eric’s training caused pain and exhaustion and he might have been tempted to quit. But he held on because he focused on the finish line. So, on the days when I struggle to string one word after the other, I know there will be a time when the effort pays off.

Because when I write, I feel His pleasure.

What about you? Do you like the Olympics? What skill have you been given? Do you feel God’s pleasure?

I Feel His Pleasure
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