Eric Liddell

ericliddellMISSIONARY GOLD

Flying Scot Refuses To Run On Sunday

Most of us only think about Eric Liddell as ‘the man who wouldn’t run on Sunday’, about whom about the Oscar winning movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ was made. He was known as the ‘Flying Scotsman’

and was the first of his country to win Gold during the 1924 Paris Olympics. Committed Christian Eric Liddell refused to race on Sunday and was forced to withdraw from the 100 metres, his best event. Instead, Liddell raced in the 400 metres and little was expected of him. As Liddell went to the starting blocks for the race, an American slipped a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honour me I will honour." Liddell ran with that piece of paper in his hand and not only won the race but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6 seconds.

Liddell achieved a greater prize than Olympic Gold later on in his life. After the Olympics, Liddell returned to China to work as a missionary. His family, originally from Scotland, worked in China during the time of the Boxer Rebellion. Liddell worked as a teacher at a school for Chinese boys at which he taught chemistry and organized sports. He married in 1934 and in 1936 China prepared for war as Communist and Nationalist tensions increased. Liddell was asked by the London Missionary Society to give up his work in Tientsin, and work as a village evangelist in Siao Chang. This was a dangerous area. Liddell could not take his wife and two daughters with him and he was forced to leave them behind when he went to work there. He was able to visit on occasion, but it was a long journey. Visits were not frequent.

EVANGELIST

The villages Liddell worked in suffered many hardships as a result of the warring between Communists and Nationalists. On one day, the Communists would pillage and destroy a village and then leave. Later, on another day, the Nationalists would come and do the same thing. His job in the area was evangelism and to encourage the Christians already there. The work was dangerous. Travelling in the countryside with Communist and Nationalist forces equally hostile to missionary work put Liddell in harm’s way on a regular basis.

The Japanese invaded China and in 1940 Liddell told his wife to take their children to Canada where she could live with her parents. He stayed behind in Tientsin to continue his work. Liddell was sent by the Japanese to an Internment Camp where 1800 other internees were confined. He was not dissuaded by his circumstances. He worked tirelessly in the camp, doing just about anything that needed to be done, whether it was bible study, teaching children who were trying to keep up their studies, or organizing sports. In a prisoner exchange bargain, his freedom was arranged by Winston Churchill, but he gave it up and let a pregnant woman leave instead.

I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE

In 1944, Liddell was not well. The doctors did not have the resources to diagnose the real nature of the problem. On February 21, 1945, he began coughing uncontrollably, and as friends came to his aid, he lay back and uttered the words “It is surrender”. An autopsy later revealed that Liddell had a large tumour on the left side of his brain. He died never having seen his third child, Maureen Liddell. This man was truly committed to the cause of Christ. He had the opportunity to leave China but he chose to stay.He poured his life into the work of reaching the lost in China. He worked for a prize far greater than gold, even Olympic gold.

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Meg Crossman said:

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The life of Eric Liddell is a testament to courage and commitment. It is a great encouragement to knowing who you are and keeping at the task you are given.

I don't know if he said it, but the line in Chariots of Fire is one I've repeated again & again, "When I run, I feel His pleasure." Each of us is made by God to fulfill unique, even unusual purposes. As we stay true to who He has made us to be, unexpected Kingdom value will be the result.
October 30, 2010

Valerie Lopez said:

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Eric Liddell truly needs to come back again via Media to show many how life should be conducted...many of us have lost our way...just look at the harm a few have done to our societies...Eric has made many strong to continue the glory for God.
April 05, 2011

Jonathan Michales said:

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We have many tresures in Heaven and so does Ericsmilies/grin.gif.
April 24, 2011

Lusanda Gwayi said:

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Wow, wow, wow! What a life! thank you for posting this up. Im so inspired to do more for Jesus!smilies/grin.gif
July 27, 2011

nicki fuaj said:

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this is really good to read........it was really insperasional and i wanna run like him sum dae!!!smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/sad.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/kiss.gif
August 01, 2011

ntcfobz said:

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yeah i so agree with niki fuaj a really stink name but a beautiful comment PEACE smilies/wink.gif
August 01, 2011

Portiaaaa said:

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heyyyy, OMB, wat ya doin???? his life is soo inspirational, i agree wit Nicki aswell ntcfobz lols.... he should be known every where!!! And, sum day Nicky, u might be able to run like him. keep dreaming smilies/smiley.gif smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/sad.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/kiss.gifsmilies/cry.gif
August 03, 2011

colette kurtz said:

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Hey yall
personally i think that his life shows inspirtation to everyone around him. specially to athletes who are christains who dont necessarily show the people around them that they are true christains
October 11, 2011

Evelyn Lam said:

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As a Chinese Christian, I am deeply moved by the commitment and passion of Eric. I wish I could have the opportunity to know something about his children since 1945. How his wife and children survive with Eric's golden crown from our Lord!
November 24, 2011

trin heart said:

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he is truly inspiring and a christian hero i wish to look up to!smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gif
November 30, 2011

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January 05, 2012

Roger Harned said:

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I saw the movie. I was inspired by the story. Some of the dialogue made me think about the depth of my own Christian beliefs. It prompted me to re-read Ezekiel. Some of the quotes uplifted me. [i.e. Harold: If I can't win, I won't run! Sylbil: If you don't run, you can't win. {I like Paul's encouragement about 'finishing the race.}]

This brief biography of Eric Liddle, the rest of the story of his witness for Christ is truly inspiring. Think of China & other countries where the gospel of Jesus Christ is forbidden, even now. Pray for our bold missionaries. I thank God for your witness.
February 03, 2012

Gabe Gaertner said:

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I'm doing a speech on him for NCFCAsmilies/cheesy.gif
March 09, 2012

equinelover said:

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I love to read,most anything decent. I've read informational work on people ,and find most boring. The book "Eric Liddell" by Catherine Swift; was one of the most interesting books i've read in weeks. His story is very insprational and encouraging.It is one of the few books anyone can read and enjoy.
March 19, 2012

equinelover said:

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I love to read,most anything decent. I've read informational work on people ,and find most boring. The book "Eric Liddell" by Catherine Swift; was one of the most interesting books i've read in weeks. His story is very insprational and encouraging.It is one of the few books anyone can read and enjoy.
March 19, 2012

one of TIS student said:

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WOW~~ He is still a famous missionary in China!! kkk
March 28, 2012

Eckobig chidi Anthony. said:

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I am very happy to have seen this story about Eric Liddel online,in fact this is the most inspiring christian motivational story i have ever heard.I pray that men of this generation could follow his wonderful footstep.smilies/grin.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/sad.gifsmilies/kiss.gif
May 07, 2012

terasedasert said:

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i agree with equinelover
May 09, 2012

xiu said:

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These are true 'men of honor' and should be modeled after , but instead we have media feeding us with garbage celebrities personalities. What a shame.
May 11, 2012

Wierdo said:

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May 20, 2012

The Random Wierdo said:

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i like this and should be treated with respect
May 20, 2012

austin freewill said:

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His life inspires me as a runner and as a christiansmilies/smiley.gif
May 21, 2012

Mark Lam said:

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Their is someone who is one of the most popular celebrity in America who God is using that is amazing with uncanny similarities:


+Tim Tebow son of a missionary.

+Eric Liddell son of a missionary.

Tim Tebow mocked and ridicule for his unorthodox and ugly throwing technique. His throwing motion is laughed at by many NFL fans.

Eric Liddell laughed and ridicule for his ugly running form."When he appeared in the heats of the 400m at Paris in 1924 his huge sprawling stride, his head thrown back and his arms clawing the air, moved the Americans and other sophisticated experts to ribald laughter."


Eric Liddell known for his Christ like love and sacrifice for kids during his missionary work and at the internment camp
Tim Tebow well known for his demonstration of love for sick kids and people (Tim Tebow foundation)

Eric Liddell refused to run on Sunday to honor God.
Tim Tebow when ask by the Media whether he's a virgin refuses to be ashamed to admit and claims to honor and Tebowing.

Eric Liddel shen the day of the Olympic 400 metres race came, Liddell went to the starting blocks, where an American Olympic Team masseur slipped a piece of paper into his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30: "Those who honor me I will honor."

Tim Tebow in college put Bible verses under his eye to honor God. He won 2 BCS championship and 1st sophomore to win the Heisman trophy. After wearing John 3:16 under his eye in a major college game the next day the verse was google by more than 90 million people and later threw for exactly 316 yards in NFL game against the Steelers and again that verse was google more than 100 million times.
May 28, 2012

chloe said:

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R.I.P Eric liddell
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June 19, 2012

kiklol said:

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June 19, 2012

kiklol said:

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June 19, 2012

Dam Damm said:

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It's amazing to know that the UK once sent missionaries to far flong places like China. It is worrying to see how London has become the headquarters of everything anti Christ this days!
June 23, 2012

Ella said:

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It is worrying to see how London has become the headquarters of everything anti Christ this days! I absolutely agree... smilies/sad.gif
June 25, 2012

Ewan Hastings said:

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Find out more about Eric Liddell's inspiring life at the Eric Liddell Centre's website at www.ericliddell.org
July 06, 2012

watsupbro~ said:

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he is amazing^^
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July 09, 2012

watsupbro~ said:

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^^
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July 09, 2012

Nike Zoom Rookie said:

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http://www.nikepenny.com/nike-...-c-19.html
thank you very much that you show the article to us ,it is usefull to me !
July 09, 2012

katey said:

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im a runner also i love you so much smilies/wink.gif
July 31, 2012

Vivian said:

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There are far too few examples and stories like Eric's published today. But God is in control of it all. One day we will see Him face to face - Eric will be there too. Can't wait to meet him - he gets to run experiencing God's favor whenever he wants.smilies/cheesy.gif
August 04, 2012

Jay Ripley said:

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You can download his book, Disciplines of the Christian Faith, for free on christian audio this month!
August 07, 2012

Ramona Jones said:

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Wish I could find my own words for and about Eric but it does bare repeating. I love this movie and always brings tears and great joy to think that it is possible for us to be a runner for Christ in our own way. We need to run to win the race for the love of Christ by spreading the word and winning souls for Him.
August 14, 2012

Ma. Crisna Nunez said:

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I heard a story of Eric Henry Liddell in Bread Of Life Church at crossroad 77 and I'm inspired and encourage by his life story. I cannot help myself but to cry when I was listening Rev. Jean, I forgot her Surname, about this story. Then I said wow, wow, and wow, I'm so amazed by the life story of this man. He run the race and he finished the race to see God's face. Thank you for this story, very touching......
August 26, 2012

owen said:

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he is just amazing im only 11 doing this for school and even i am inspierd smilies/grin.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
August 29, 2012

silvia said:

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this is boring smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
September 11, 2012

silvia said:

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he is just amazing im only 11 doing this for school and even i am inspierdsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/tongue.gif
September 11, 2012

missesirishy said:

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September 12, 2012

missesirishy said:

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September 12, 2012

syd barret said:

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i think the 'feeling god's pleasure' comment was scripted for the movie. i can not find any reliable reference that lidell made this comment. in fact, i remember reading that the homosexual actor (since dead - AIDS) who played the part of lidell had scripted this himself. quite clever.
October 24, 2012

HEllo said:

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Does anyone know where to find a non-copyrighted clip of his gold medal race???
November 18, 2012

Jsha said:

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Felt unworthy to be a creation after learning how this MAN OF GOD put the cross ahead of everything in this world. But I keep thinking of nothing but money and coveting for other's possession. I wish my prayer changes from thinking selfishly to think and fulfilling the will of my creator.
December 02, 2012

Mvuzo said:

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Running toward God!!! What a determination, profound indeed and courageous.
December 04, 2012

chloe droy said:

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i was look for this family but i cant see itsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/cry.gif
December 06, 2012

ikan said:

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I'm writing an essay about Eric Liddell, topic is Someone worth learning from.

Any tips?
January 09, 2013

Jaikar Rai said:

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The UnCompromised Godly Man
January 24, 2013

Jaikar Rai said:

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The uncompromised Godly man
January 24, 2013

Kenn said:

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He is truly a Real Man of God, your legacy is still alive Eric Liddell. Peace to you where you are now Amen.
March 27, 2013

eduarda cdm said:

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What a great man
June 24, 2013

Alex said:

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Whosaid that last quote?
August 24, 2013

STEPHEN MUGO said:

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I have to present this to my fellow university students in DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (CATHOLIC ACTION). It is worth sharing!! what a great achievement in life! leaving gold for GOD to receive more gold!!! surely,GOD IS EVERYTHING.
November 14, 2013

JAMOTBOC said:

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Eric was given wings on his feet because He acknowledged the One who gave them to him, Jesus Christ. Although so few who have accomplished what he did recognize that they could not have done this alone, Eric was an exception -- he never forgot that it was God who created his legs and a heart to keep them moving.
December 20, 2013

chris said:

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My grandfather grew up in shantung compound with Eric Lidell.
December 29, 2013

JD said:

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Example to all that a Christian is recognized by their actions first and words second. It is true. God will honor those who honor Him.
February 04, 2014

Lori said:

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Boy, that was very heplfull. i need do a report on him and this really helped.smilies/cheesy.gif
March 14, 2014

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March 17, 2014

Cherie said:

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He work for The Lord , glory be to God,what a servant smilies/smiley.gif
April 11, 2014

Cherie said:

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Thank God,for those who labour for The Lord , that was a blessing to me ,
April 11, 2014

Ramesh bangaru said:

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As per BIble verse,God honoured him not only here on earth,Eric running on heavenly golden roads,AMEN.
April 19, 2014

ken said:

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shcool report about someone insperantional i chose eric lindell he truly is one of the most insperational men that ever lived and he won the gold holding a paper aying i will honor those who honor mesmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cry.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/cool.gifsmilies/cool.gif
May 13, 2014

curtis said:

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I do not want to take anything away from the story in the movie, but I do find it odd that the entertainment industry chose a gay man to portray this man for Christ. Was it a conscience slap in the face to the faith or did the producers not know he was gay?
August 06, 2014

Juan Rodríguez said:

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Creo que deberíamos conocer más sobre la vida de estos siervos del Señor, y tendríamos que tenerlos como referencia para nuestra propia vida. Tener la fe que tuvieron pese a todas las penalidades que le tocaron vivir en su tiempo.
"A aquél que me honra yo le honraré"
August 10, 2014

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