God Didn’t Make Me Fast: a Post About Why I Write

randomlychad  —  September 19, 2013 — 8 Comments

This is a great scene from the movie, Chariots of Fire, where the character Eric Liddle is talking about why he runs. He says that although he feels called, and will return, to the mission field, he is compelled to run.

“Why?” his sister asks.

“Because God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

I love that!

Now God didn’t make me fast, but He did make me with a love of the written word. It’s what keeps me coming back, again and again, to the blank page. And when I write, no matter what it’s about, I feel His pleasure. It’s as if He’s standing over my shoulder, saying, “Yes, son! This! This is why I gave you an imagination.”

He perhaps didn’t make me to build empires, run marathons, or for acclaim. Or even to succeed.

No, He made me to create, out of the raw materials of life, out of sense (and nonsense), out of starry, wide-eyed wonder, stories for His pleasure.

How about you?

What did God make you for?




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  • Phil

    Great stuff Chad! I too love to write anything from lyric to poetry to occasional blog post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Phil! Have a great rest of the day!

  • Love this! This movie and quote was mentioned on my blog earlier this week in response to a post about a different look at happiness. I think God takes pleasure in a lot of things we do. And I think he’s made me for many things -- one of them is to stretch -- one is to write. I do these best when I follow Him.

    • Thanks, Jon! And I agree--He’s always stretching us, growing us in ways we usually don’t expect. Following Him is key. Even (especially) into those unexpected places.

  • i love this scene and sequence. so powerful. i’m with ya, chad. when i write i feel the lord’s delight. amen to that!

    • Me, too, Tim. I love it so hard.

  • Preaching, pastoring, writing, caring.

    • And the world is a better place for it, Matt. Thank-you.