They couldn’t believe it.
He was not expected to win.
His style was ridiculed. His arms flailed widely, his head way back.
But on that day on July 12, 1924 Eric Liddell astonished the crowd by winning
the 400 m race.
When asked where the power came from
Eric quietly directed folks to the One and Only One.
“God honors those who honor Him,” he said. I Samuel 2:30.
Astonishing. Amazing. Beyond human understanding.
It is still true today.
When we put the Lord first in our lives and honor Him
He blesses us.
Unexplainable but unquestionably blesses us.
Shortly afterwards Liddell went to China and spent the rest of his life teaching there.
Turned his back on the fame and popularity.
“A fellow’s life counts for far more at this than the other,” he responded when asked about his decision.
Liddell was at peace.
So different from our world of striving and medals and fame.
But could it be that he left us a reminder – almost a warning.
You can have all this world offers but there is something that matters far more.
It makes me wonder about my own life. And yours.
Are we truly focused on what counts the most?
Choosing the best over the good.
That’s what it boils right down to, isn’t it?
Living our life with our eyes on eternity. Going for the goal of a life surrendered to Him.
Eric Liddell’s faith was paramount in his life.
It guided him and gave him light in the dark of distractions and confusion.
What is the most important in your life?
How is that giving you direction and focus?
Above all, hold on to what will never fade.
Let’s focus on our goal in life and then run with strength.
Life is shorter than we think –
Living an amazing life can be yours.