Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Chariots of Fire

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure." - Eric Liddell

The first time that I saw "Chariots of Fire" was early in January. I watched the majority of it while exercising on the treadmill. Never has a movie so inspired me while running, and I really like period pieces. Maybe its the clothing, or maybe the romance of a time gone by.

I almost stumbled at the end, when Eric Liddell said the quote above. It pretty much brought me to tears: the kind of tears that you experience when God opens something up to you, that you might not have ever thought about before. God had a purpose for Eric Liddell's life: he would bring Gods word to China where, ultimately, he would be killed. However, God also gave Eric a gift: Speed. And that gift was not squandard or wasted. But rather, recognized for the gift that it was; recognizing that using this gift ultimately gives pleasure back to the gift giver.

Do you use your gifts?

3 comments:

Rick said...

great thoughts. i had a similar experience with the movie *crash*, seeing that we all have a need to relate and to be related to - seeing it as a God-moment that knocked me out of my seat.

from time to time, God smacks around. in a good way.

Todd said...

Carlos, I admire and applaud your openness in sharing your spiritual journey. I also enjoyed your family photos. How on earth have you maintained a full head of hair for so long?

Chuck said...

My hair is a blessing from my Mom, and it seems to show no signs of thinning. I have, however, changed the style to that "brush forward" look that seems so popular now.