Hello HCB family. It's Bradley J. Moore
There is a famous scene in Chariots of Fire
where the main character, Eric Liddell
, is speaking to his sister about his love of running. Eric loves God, but he loves running too. He is training for the Olympics, hoping to win. His sister is upset and worried that Eric's running is getting in the way of their mission work - his work for God. Eric replies with this now-famous quote: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
I also have a little voice in my head like Eric's sister, sometimes nagging me that I am not doing "God's work."
"But I am!" I say back to this voice. I am.
When I am working, I feel His pleasure.
I am not always sure how to differentiate my ego from God's will for my life. Ambition can be a two-edged sword. It gives us the drive and desire to use our gifts and talents to get things done. Certainly no one would condone the lazy sluggard as someone living in the center of God's will. God created us to be productive, to put our talents and gifts to good work. But how do you know if you are truly in His will?
I have spent a great deal of time thinking about ambition, how to separate ego (my will, desire, talents and drive) from God's purpose for my life. It's an ongoing conversation that I continue to engage in.
I was very happy to come across some terrific discussion and guidelines from the "Every Square Inch
" Blog, talking about some very practical landmarks to gauge the difference between selfish ambition and God-given ambition.
You can join that conversation here.