What are you made for?

In the movie Secretariat, Penny Chenery with the failing inherited horse farm follows her women’s intuition as she makes the changes she sees necessary to continue her father’s legacy of perseverance. In the process of decisions and trials, she chooses between two would-be racing champions. And she chooses right. Secretariat, or Big Red as he’s called by his friends, comes from a long line of fast, albeit short-distance, horses. But he loves to run. He can’t get enough of it. In fact, that’s what he’s made for.

We were made for something too: worship. Read below the chorus from Chris Tomlin’s song, Made To Worship.

He has filled our hearts with wonder
So that we always remember

You and I are made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free

When you and I embrace surrender
When you and I choose to believe
Then you and I will see
Who we were meant to be

Near the end of the movie, Penny and her trainer have to decide if they are going to rest Big Red, or continue to train him for the biggest (and longest) race of his career. They decide to run him, and he goes faster and faster. Then on the day of the race, Penny tells her horse, “I’ve run my race. You run yours.” When the race starts, Secretariat uncharacteristically bolts to the front. Since he’s usually a come-from-behind kind of race horse, doubts begin to creep in about whether they did the right thing. But as the race continues and his lead increases, Penny finally yells out to her jockey, “Let him run Ronnie! Let him run!” It’s what he’s made for, remember?

Are you doing what you were made for?

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Mark 12:30 NLT

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

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