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A Passionate Woodturner

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 10:04 -- George Robertson

The recent Olympic Games in London featured in every award ceremony the music of Vangelis from the 1980 Oscar winning movie ‘Chariots of Fire.’

The movie depicts a true story from the 1924 Paris Olympics featuring two British athletes.  Harold Abrahams is driven by self belief.  Eric Liddell is driven by faith.

In one segment of the movie Liddell tells his sister, “When I run, I feel his [God’s] pleasure.”

The line came to my mind as I read an article (Turning out Treasures) in this week’s Flamborough Review.  At the end of Kathy Yanchus’ story of George Wilkinson (that’s right Knox’s George!) this amazing wood turner says this, “I’m happy. This is where I want to be, this is my life, this is what I always wanted to do. I couldn’t not do it.”

There’s a real similarity in the statements to me.  Is it running or is it wood turning?  It doesn’t matter if the passion is a God filled one.  God has designed each one of us to feel his pleasure, to know his joy and delight over our lives as we give ourselves to being and living in his good and gracious will for our lives.

Eric Liddell knew that truth.  George Wilkinson knows that truth.  And so can you!

Check out the article.
Turning out Treasures

Go to George’s website.
Wooden Treasures by George