Friday, February 11, 2011

His pleasure

I recently watched Chariots of Fire for the second time. The first time I watched it was in the 1980's and I couldn't follow the story. I couldn't keep all of the characters straight. But this time I managed just fine and really enjoyed the film.

Lately, I've been questioning why I write.

In the movie the two main characters run for different reasons. Both run to win, but one wants to win to prove something and to prove himself. The other wants to win for the glory of God.

In the film Eric Liddel is talking to his sister about why he runs. He says, "God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. When I run, I feel His pleasure."

This got me thinking...when do I feel God's pleasure?

I feel it when I worship Him. I feel it when I listen to a friend who is hurting. When I empathize--weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. When I love well. When I encourage someone.

All of those things seem to be more about who I am than what I do. I don't know that I feel His pleasure when I write. Of course that doesn't mean He isn't pleased. Perhaps I'm just not paying attention.

When do you feel His pleasure?