The story of Eric Liddell is an inspiring one. Liddell was a Scottish athlete who competed in the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris, France. He was expected to win gold in his best event, the 100-meter dash, but he refused to run because the race was scheduled on a Sunday, and he believed that it would violate his Christian faith to compete on the Sabbath day.
Instead, he decided to run in the 400-meter race, which was not his strongest event. Against all odds, he won the gold medal in that race, beating the favorite, a world record holder, in the process. When asked how he did it, Liddell replied, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.”
Liddell’s story teaches us that when we do what we love and what we are passionate about, we can feel a deep sense of fulfillment and joy. We don’t have to be the best at what we do, but we need to find what makes us happy and pursue it wholeheartedly.
As you read this, I challenge you to reflect on what makes you happy and what you’re good at. What gives you that sense of fulfillment and satisfaction? It could be anything from writing, singing, painting, cooking, programming, or helping others. Whatever it is, identify it and commit to pursuing it with your life.
Fill in the blanks for yourself today – When I ______________________________, I feel God’s pleasure. What is that thing that you do that makes you feel a resonance that God is pleased? Don’t overlook it. There is a treasure and serious potential in that activity. When I teach, I feel God’s pleasure, when I write, I feel God’s pleasure. When I help someone achieve their dreams, I feel God’s pleasure. What makes you come alive?
Remember that success isn’t always measured by money, fame, or recognition. True success is finding what makes you happy and using it to make a positive impact on the world around you. So go ahead, find what makes you feel God’s pleasure, and pursue it with everything you’ve got.
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