One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire! The movie is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
Harold is so puzzled by Eric’s speed that he hires a special coach, Sam Mussabini to see if he can become just as fast. Harold asked Sam if he could make him faster, and Sam responds with one of the greatest lines in the whole movie: ‘We can’t put in what God left out.’
If you are like me, at some point in your life, you have told a kid, “you can be anything you want to be.” Is that really true? It’s true that you can pursue any field of study you want to, you can choose any technical field or become an apprentice under any teacher. Is that all it takes? You can get the degree, finish the training, and get the certification, but still only be average and unhappy.
I think the bigger question is: What did God put in you? We have all seen people with great talent that seem to do their thing with little or no effort, and we say, “Wow! She is really gifted.” We have also seen people that are trying as hard as they possibly can and still fall short. Don’t you remember your teachers from grade school? (Teachers are my superheroes.) Some of them were there because that’s what God put in them, and you could see it in everything they did. Even when they were upset, they handled the situation without using demeaning words to cut a student down. Then there were others…
Can we put in what God left out? I’m not sure that we can. I am sure that we can encourage kids to step out of the box and think bigger. We can help them to find ways to discover what IS inside of them, and then coach them to careers and fields of study that match who/what they were created to be and maybe already are. We can move the bar and not let them settle for something less than what they are capable of.
HAMSIGHT: Can we put in what God left OUT? Debatable. Try focusing on what He left IN.