Feel God’s Pleasure

“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” ~ Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire

This little man I sculpted out of clay several years ago is not fully alive. He has no life in him and no ability to do anything. Yet, the mere fact that I created him brings me pleasure. When I hold him in my hand, I can’t help but smile.

You are probably familiar with Eric Liddell’s story from Chariots of Fire. It is such a great example of living out your God-given purpose and bringing Him pleasure in the process that we use it as an example when  teaching Essentials of Coaching to those who are training to become life coaches.

Check out this video clip to be inspired by the kind of picture that really is worth a thousand words… and ponder what it means for you at this time. It can be a valuable three and a half minutes for you as well as for anyone you choose to share it with… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPB7r0UpNIE   (excerpted from Chariots of Fire 1981; Eric Liddell: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure”.)


  • Now what about you? As far as you know at this time, who did God design you to be?
  • What did God design you to do that, as you do it, you feel His pleasure?
  • What does this mean for you in your current season of life?

Please feel free to share your thoughts to encourage others. Click on the speech bubble above to leave a reply…


4 thoughts on “Feel God’s Pleasure

  1. Who did God design me to be? That is such a tough question to answer in a few sentences. I feel like he designed me to be a wife and mother and I truly enjoy each season of those roles. I also feel most alive, most in my element so to speak, when I am planning and following through on things… parties, events, even my monthly dinner menu. Lately though I’ve come to realize that I my tendency to “share” freely with people isn’t the curse I long thought it was. I always thought the key to being more chic’, more “together” was to keep things more to myself. I believed that people would never respect much less look up to someone who is so open with all of lives struggles… Alas, that is who he created me to be. I am never more alive then when I am “sharing” with others. It can be one on one, in small groups or in front of crowds. (Perhaps this is why I never had a fear of public speaking?) People may never put me on a pedistal because I share the good, the bad and often the ugly, but they often feel free to share their good, bad and ugly back. When I get to know someone and they get to know me, they can always be sure, it’s the “real” me… I love that! In this current season, working with teens and young adults I feel blessed to be so open. They as an age group have better than average “BS” detectors… I am as open with them as I am with anyone, and because of that I have been able to form many deep relationships with the “kids” we work with. Many of them seek me out frequently when they are struggling and want someone to hear them out and pray with them… (For this very reason, I love Facebook!) When I am being open and honest in my sharing/relationships with people and am interacting with them I feel like the Lord is there, nudging me, telling me what to share, and what not to… When I follow his “nudging” I feel a closeness to the Lord I only usually experience in prayer. I believe this is who he created me to be… At least for this season!

    • Thanks for sharing with us all as you work through His design for you and how you want to cooperate with it during this season. The youth will benefit from this, too. It is beautiful to see God in action through you as you put your leadership gift into action! Blessings!

  2. Vicki, nice blog!

    I believe that each one of us has been created just as we are, with our own personalities and skills, and placed right where we belong to serve the Lord as He wills. Every experience adds to who we are. We should wake each morning thanking God for another day of life to do whatever He puts in our way.

    • Yes! Thanks, Yvonne. At our next meeting of the ME Fellowship of Christian Writers (tomorrow) I will facilitate a class on Personality Type and the Art of Writing. It should be fun as we learn to honor how God has wired us AND how He has wired those we come in contact with daily!

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