“January 16 · A MISSION TO RUN
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
1902: Thanks to the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, audiences became familiar with a great Christian athlete, the Scotsman Eric Liddell, born on this date. His birthplace was not Scotland but China, where his parents were missionaries. At age five he was sent to a boarding school in England, where he was an outstanding athlete, excelling not only in track but in cricket and rugby also. The headmaster of his school remarked that young Liddell was “entirely without vanity.”
Active as an athlete, Liddell was also involved with Christian student groups and often witnessed to his deep faith. He continued in his Christian work and in sports when he enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.” “As seen in Chariots of Fire, Liddell represented Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics, held in Paris. Although he excelled in 100-meter races, he would not compete in the Olympic 100-meter since it was held on a Sunday. However, he did compete in the 400-meter and won the gold medal, and he also won the bronze medal in the 200-meter.
After his Olympic wins Liddell returned to his real life’s work, the mission field in China. Teaching at a school for Chinese boys, Liddell found that boys around the world were more likely to listen to a message from a renowned athlete, so his fame aided his success as a missionary.
As a result of Japanese aggression in World War II, Liddell and his family found themselves working as medical missionaries among poor Chinese. The Japanese took over the mission and put Liddell and his family in a prison camp. He died of a brain tumor in the camp in February 1945, to the last deeply impressing the other prisoners with his warmth, humility, and wideness of heart. No one who met the “Flying Scotsman” could ever forget him.” “Prayer: Almighty God, teach us to be faithful witnesses for you, no matter what the circumstances. Amen.” #believeinyourself #mustbelieve #joy #wednesday #love #neverquit #vitaminc #vitaminb12 #eggowaffles