I watched the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire for the first time roughly a decade ago. It has since become my favorite movie of all time. I was struck by the story of Eric Liddell, missionary and athlete. At a pivotal point in the film, Eric must explain to his sister why he has chosen to run in the Olympics rather than travel to China to begin his missionary work. His answer, clear and confident, has remained with me. “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
My desire to serve the Lord in ministry can be summed up in the search for my verb. When I ______ I feel God’s pleasure. I have filled that empty chasm hundreds of times hoping to find how I am formed and shaped to serve.
A few years ago I was challenged to examine my life and see if I couldn’t narrow all of my hopes, dreams, and goals into a life mission statement. It actually came at the perfect time during the beginning of a life transition. I realized that I had thousands of roads I could travel. I needed a way to begin to seek direction. Ephesians would tell me that God has prepared works in advance for me to do. So I decided to take on the challenge and discover my personal mission statement.
When I communicate God’s story, I feel God’s pleasure.
What’s your verb? When I ________ I feel God’s pleasure…