Eric Liddell is credited with saying, “God made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” God was the one who created us with the ability to do certain things well. It is therefore somewhat surprising he can take pleasure in those very things. If we have artistic ability and create a painting, God is pleased. Yet surely God could have produced a much better painting and he has. He has given us sunsets and sunrises which far outstrip our abilities with paint and brushes. God is an extravagant Creator. He does not just create one type of flower or one type of dog but he created masses of varieties. He doesn’t create one type of grass or one type of heavenly body but a vast assortment. Nevertheless God is like a parent who takes pleasure in the pictures his children bring home from kindergarten.

For a long time I associated God’s pleasure with more “sacred” activities like going to church and Bible study groups. However God does not distinguish between secular and sacred activities. Everything is sacred. This means whether I am using my creative abilities, my homemaking ability, or my abilities in church activities, we can bring God pleasure by the way we use the gifts he has given us. God intends for us to enjoy doing things for which he has gifted us. 1 Timothy 6:17 tells us that people should “…put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” He expects us to enjoy those things he has provided.