Eric Liddell’s Godly Influence

An Essay By Nathanael // 4/25/2008

I'm sure most of you have heard of the great missionary/Olympic runner, Eric Liddell. If not You'll just have to do a little research. I probably could have gone a little bit deeper in this essay; but, like I said before, I'll leave that up to you.

Essay:

Why do Eric Liddell’s character traits of humility, selflessness, and his desire to honor God in all situations still effect Christians today?

As an athlete, Eric was devoted to training in sports, as well as serving the Lord. He did track and rugby as a boy. Later on, he dropped rugby in order to fully concentrate on his running. Eventually he moved up to become an Olympic athlete; in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, he took Gold in the 400 meter sprint.

So many people looked up to athletes, as their idols; Eric set the best example. He was always so humble, never taking the credit for himself. He always put God first. One example of this is when he refused to participate in the 100 meter and the 200 meter races at the Paris Olympics, because the opening meets were on Sunday. In this way, he chose to honor God.

Eric became a missionary in China, the land of his birth. There at the Anglo-Chinese College he served as a professor, along with coaching and encouraging a small Chinese athletic team. During World War II he embarked on many a dangerous mission to get badly needed medical supplies for the hospital where his brother, Dr. Robert Liddell, worked. He also rescued countless Japanese and Chinese soldiers who were wounded and left to die.

Eric was a major (godly) influence on many Chinese students. He was so devoted to others’ lives. He always gave up his own time and comforts for someone else’s, and risked his life for many.

Eric always had the attitude “God first, others, than me.” He sacrificed many life time opportunities just to serve the Lord.

Comments

Hey Everyone!

Hey everyone!
If you have any thoughts on my writing, please feel free to comment. I'd like to know what y'all think, whether it be good or bad.
~gNat~

Nathanael | Wed, 04/30/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

I've actually never heard

I've actually never heard about this guy before, I'm interested now though and I might just do that research suggested at the beginning of the essay =]

Tamerah | Wed, 04/30/2008

=]

Have you ever watched Chariots of Fire?
~gNat~

Nathanael | Wed, 04/30/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

nope.

nope.

Tamerah | Wed, 04/30/2008

Well, you should check it

Well, you should check it out from the Multnomah County Library. It's a pretty neat movie, and it might answer some of your questions.
~gNat~

Nathanael | Wed, 04/30/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

=]

I might just do that. 'Cept I don't go to that library cuz I live in another county. I actually lost my library card... about a year ago. But I have my card number memorized (like most self-respecting homeschoolers I'm sure).
=]

Tamerah | Thu, 05/01/2008

Then may I ask which library

Then may I ask which library you DO go to?
~gNat~

Nathanael | Thu, 05/01/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

Well...

That would pretty much be saying exactly where I live because it has the name of the town in the title and I'm not going to say that right where anyone can see it. Oh and I have that movie on hold now =]

Tamerah | Thu, 05/01/2008

That's great! gNat~

That's great!
gNat~

Nathanael | Thu, 05/01/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

It better be good cuz I'm

It better be good cuz I'm expecting something amazing =]

Tamerah | Thu, 05/01/2008

=o

JUST amazing?!
~gNat~

Nathanael | Thu, 05/01/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

=]

I don't want to expect too much, I might be disappointed.

Tamerah | Thu, 05/01/2008

What isn't in the movie is

What isn't in the movie is that Eric Liddell died a hero in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. His last words were,"It's complete surrender."

Ezra | Thu, 05/01/2008

"There are no great men of God. There are only pitiful, sorry men whose God is great beyond measure." - Paul Washer [originally Jonathan Edwards]

Well, actually it does

Well, actually it does mention something like that at the end.
~gNat~

Nathanael | Thu, 05/01/2008

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

HI

hey do you what influenced and why he chose to follow god instead of choosing his wealth and fame ??

Anonymous | Wed, 06/04/2008

HI

Hey do you know why Eric Liddell chose to live his life as a missionary and follow God decpiting his wealth and his fame ? what are the influences

Anonymous | Wed, 06/04/2008

Eric Liddell

He is my great uncle!

Great essay.

Anonymous | Wed, 11/11/2009

Eric Liddell’s Godly Influence

I love this article and your blog...I stumbled across it today and now have bookmarked it for future reference.

 

Blessings,
Paul

http://www.christiansofasia.com

 

Anonymous | Sat, 12/26/2009

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