24. What Role Can Faith Play in an Entrepreneur’s Journey?
This is Entrepreneurs of Faith, a Sunday episode of Monetization Nation. I’m Nathan Gwilliam, your host. In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss the movie Chariots of Fire and the role faith can plan in an Entrepreneur’s journey.
Chariots of Fire
When I was young I loved to run. I have great memories of my dad taking me running regularly, and competing in 10k races together. The 2-mile was my track event in high school. I particularly loved running downhills because I felt like I was flying. I dreamed of running in the Olympics someday.
When I was 7 years old, the movie Chariots of Fire was released. This film tells the story of runners from Great Britain competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Because of my passion for running, this movie quickly became one of my favorites as a child.
Part of the movie is based on a true story of a sprinter named Eric Liddell, the “Flying Scotsman”, who was a devout Christian. Liddell’s first Olympic final in 1924 was the 200-meter race, in which he won the bronze medal. However, his 100-meter race would be held on a Sunday, which was his Sabbath day. Liddell chose not to run the 100-meter race, even after receiving strong pressure from royalty and the Olympic Committee.
Andrew Lindsey was one of Liddell’s teammates who had already won a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles. Lindsey offered his spot in the 400-meter race the following Tuesday to Liddell. This was a race Liddell was not prepared to run, but he accepted gratefully. Liddell’s commitment to honor his religious convictions despite fierce pressure made worldwide headlines.
On the Sunday of Liddell’s original 100-meter race, he gave a sermon in a Paris church, and quoted Isaiah 40:31: ”
Tuesday morning the American coach said Liddell didn’t have much of a chance at succeeding in the 400-meter race because it was much longer than the races in which Liddell had qualified for the Olympics.
Eric Liddell ran the 400-meter race, beat the runners who had been favored to win, took home the Olympic gold medal, and set a new world record. Here’s the actual footage of Eric Liddell winning the 400-meter race:
Imagine the impact that the Chariots of Fire movie had on a young Christian runner. Keeping the Sabbath day holy became very important to me.
For what purpose did God make Entrepreneurs?
At one point, Liddell’s sister tells him that his running is a distraction from the work of God, and Liddell says “I believe that God made me for a purpose… But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” As entrepreneurs, for what purpose did God make us?
God gives gifts to all of His children. The American Founding Fathers had gifts in politics and leadership. The men and women who put the first astronauts on the moon had scientific gifts. What gifts has God given us as entrepreneurs that He wants us to use? When we use those gifts, how can we accomplish God’s work?
I’ve modified Liddell’s quote to apply to Entrepreneurs of Faith. Let me know if this resonates with you. “I believe God made me for a purpose. He made me an entrepreneur, and when I create and grow ventures, I feel His pleasure.” When we find the gifts God has given us and we use those gifts to do God’s work and serve His children, we are doing what God made us to do.
Why am I publishing on Sunday?
I accepted Russell Brunson’s challenge to publish every day for a year during 2021. Knowing how much the Sabbath day means to me, why would I be publishing my blog and show on a Sunday? To me the Sabbath day isn’t just about what I should NOT do; it is even more about what I should do.
Eric Liddell felt he should not participate in sporting events on Sunday so he didn’t do that. However, he also didn’t stay at home the Sunday of the race. Instead, he went to a church, told his story, preached a sermon, and did God’s work. Jesus Christ also did God’s work on the Sabbath, such as teaching and healing. The Sabbath isn’t about doing nothing. Instead, it’s about resting from our labors so we have time to focus on God’s work, which includes serving others.
I don’t feel comfortable publishing the same type of Monetization Nation episodes on Sunday that I’m going to be publishing the other six days of the week, so I’m not going to do that. However, instead of choosing to not publish anything on Sunday, I’m going to publish a different series of blogs and shows called Entrepreneurs of Faith. These episodes will share stories and scriptures of faith that can help entrepreneurs, marketers, CEOs, and other business leaders.
On Sundays, my audience will transform from Digital Monetizers to Entrepreneurs of Faith. During these Sunday episodes, I won’t run any paid external advertisements. And, I will strive to create and schedule the episodes in advance.
Here are my key takeaways from today’s episode:
1. We should stay true to our convictions regardless of the pressure.
2. We will all go through challenges, but as we learn in Isaiah 40:31, when we “wait upon the LORD,” He has promised to renew our strength, help us metaphorically fly like eagles, and help us to run, and be not weary, and walk, and not faint.
3. We can use our gifts as entrepreneurs to do what God made us to do. What gifts has God given you and how does He want you to use them?
I realize some entrepreneurs of faith observe the Sabbath on days other than Sunday. That’s fine. I want Entrepreneurs of Faith to be inclusive and welcoming regardless of differing doctrines like that. This is not a place to debate whether Saturday or Sunday is the correct Sabbath day. This is a place where all entrepreneurs can come and feel closer to God.
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