One of the passions that He placed within my heart is an unquenchable desire to study History. Reading biographies was a large part of my History education as a homeschool child and it changed who I became as an adult.
One of the great things about studying History is that we can learn so much from those who have come before us. If we learn the lesson well, we can avoid making the same mistakes and we can be encouraged to make the right decisions.
One person whom I have learned much from is Eric Liddell. No, I didn't learn to be a fast runner or how to win any athletic competition, but I did learn to follow the passions that my Heavenly Father placed in my heart. It is oh, so easy to hold back in fear and not use those gifts to their full potential. It can also be difficult at times to find and understand those gifts and passions.
Eric Liddell found his talent and passion. Who could ever forget that scene from "Chariots of Fire" when Eric was challenged on the secular nature of his pursuit...running. He had been raised the child of missionaries in China and had a passion for evangelizing. But, when God created Eric Liddell, He created him fast. Eric responded to the challenge by saying, "When I run, I feel His pleasure".
Can't you just feel God's pleasure when you look at that picture? God created him fast, and he was using that gift to it's full potential. Here is the story behind the paper in his hand taken from historymakers.info.
a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30,
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us," Hebrews 12:1