Did God make you fast? Then RUN!!!

“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

-Eric Liddell

As I sit here at my desk and read this quote for the seventh time. It continues to punch me in the chest, as I let the words hit me time and again. I read the saying aloud one more time and again, I am struck with a life altering truth, that I find my self consistently forgetting: I was made not as a commodity, or simple tool, not to simply do some work then die, not a some cog in a machine. But rather, I was made creatively and beautifully. I was made with purpose and intention. God hand-made me specifically to bring him pleasure.

I remember when I was 18 I had made it to the showcase of a talent competition. I was standing back stage, waiting for my go at charming the audience, while nervously rubbing my hands together and making sure I remembered every note and word I had to play and sing. The act that was scheduled to perform before me stepped out onto the stage. He was a dancer. But I remember even just from the stage right-wing of the theater; I was amazed as I watched the young man come to life as the music started. His feet knew every step  by heart, and his hands and body were in perfect unison, hitting every mark on every beat. But the entire dance was almost completely out-shined by the light on his face. As I watched him skillfully and beautifully hit every mark; I couldn’t take my eyes off of his face, and the passion it held. And it suddenly occurred to me that, this is what he was made to do. Not simply something he can do, or is supposed to do, but what God had made him to do. It was then I decided, there are very few things more beautiful than watching someone do what God has created and designed them to.

You were made to bring God pleasure, he has made you, as the bible says “fearfully and wonderfully”. With specific desires and skills that are made for the sole purpose of bringing your creator pleasure.

So, today and everyday I encourage you to do the things, not that you are obligated to do, or feel that you should do, or even the things you think you are good at, but rather pursue, hone, and practice the things you were made to do. When you do this you will begin to feel God’s pleasure.

So, that being said, I’m off to sing at the top of my lungs.

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11 thoughts on “Did God make you fast? Then RUN!!!

  1. What a wonderful piece of encouragement. Right from the Father’s mouth. Thank Nathan for this early inspiration. I’m sitting here driniking my coffee as I ponder on some of the things that the Lord is speaking to me through dreams & visions that I must take and run with them.
    I’m learning that you can at least try and if it is way out in left field, the Lord will send someone to point you back in the right direction. My biggest fear has been rejection, and so I have to be careful I do not give into the insecurity that could very well be His will for me to do.

  2. This is profound: “I knew this is what he was made to do. Not simply something he can do, or is supposed to do, but what God had made him to do.”

    As I sort out “opportunities” this really gave me something to ponder. Thank you!
    Courtney

  3. My mom read your blog today and told me I had to read it. Wow, That is all I can say. Such an encouraging post God worked through you to write. I really love the part where you have the challenge and said, “I encourage you to do the things, not that you are obligated to do, or feel that you should do, or even the things you think you are good at, but rather pursue, hone, and practice the things you were made to do. ” That is what its about. Thanks so much for that. Keep doing what you were made to do! 🙂 Looking forward to further posts.

  4. But rather, I was made creatively and beautifully, I was made with purpose and intention. God hand-made me specifically to bring him pleasure.

    Great post. This really made me think amidst my days that can start to feel like they are only filled with obligations. Appreciate the perspective shift you have given me.

  5. “I decided there is very few things more beautiful than watching someone do what God has created and designed them to.” Beautiful thoughts and words. Thank you!

  6. Thanks for this, Nathan. I will never hear this reminder enough. I LOVE that quote, and that movie, for that matter. Very inspiring. You have been given such a gift!

  7. What an inspiring reminder! ! ! Thank you for writing . . . and for doing what you were made to do–enjoy your gift and the music:)

  8. “So, today and everyday I encourage you to do the things, not that you are obligated to do, or feel that you should do, or even the things you think you are good at, but rather pursue, hone, and practice the things you were made to do. When you do this you will begin to feel God’s pleasure.”

    Thank you so much for writing this. The second to last paragraph almost made me cry. I am lucky enough to know what I was made to do, but so often obligations and things that seem like they’ll have a better payoff take up the whole day and there’s never any time left over. This was a great reminder that sometimes you just have to realize that God doesn’t give gifts for no reason, and it’s okay to do the thing you love even if it never replaces your “day job”.

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