Friday, November 27, 2009

Heroes: Eric Henry Liddell

Born to missionary parents living in China, Eric Liddell was sent to school in England at age six. At school, he excelled in all sports, and became known as the "fastest runner in Scotland."

He attended the University of Edinburgh, with his brother Rob, in 1921. Again, he excelled at running and other sports. His numerous awards sent him to 1924 Olympics held in Paris.

Liddell was a committed Christian. The 100 meters race, his best event, was being run on Sunday, the day he worshipped, and he refused to run.

He felt he had no choice but to withdraw from that competition. Liddell had seen the schedule months earlier, and began training for the 400 meter race.

Eric Liddell ran the 400 meter race with a slip of paper in his hand that read, "Those who honor me I will honor. 1 Samuel 2:30". He not only won the race, but broke the existing world record for that event.

Eric Henry Liddell ran for God.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4