Let me give the whole quotation: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” The “but” to me is critical, and something I don’t hear when people quote this line. The movie is in part about his convictions about what God wants him to do and how that’s at odds with a particular talent that he has. And he chooses at one point to forego his opportunity to compete with his talent so he can be true to his convictions.

God’s pleasure, our pleasure, OK, I’m not sure. I guess what I’m really saying is that I’ve heard and I myself have shortchanged the line “when I run I feel God’s pleasure”, taken it out of context. In the movie, and in life, regardless of what the line means, it’s not a primary consideration, it needs to be subjugated to God’s will. That’s the most important message, and something I’ve missed I think when I’ve thought about the line.

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