Daily Topic for April 02, 2012
Eric Liddell understood this better than just about anybody. He understood that physical training was valuable for what God called him to do, but the value was limited to this life here on earth. Godliness, on the other hand, holds eternal promise! Tomorrow we will conclude this biography by learning how this godly man blessed others for eternity.
Pray that as we use the time that God gives us on earth, we will keep godliness in its proper place—as one of our top priorities!
As told in the movie “Chariots of Fire,” in 1924 Eric Liddell won four Olympic gold medals in two days. Running was important only as it brought glory to God. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1925, Eric left for China almost immediately.
In China Eric Liddell’s first job was to teach Sunday school while he regained fluency in Chinese, which was really his “mother tongue.” Later he taught in a college. In 1929 at age 27 Eric Liddell met and fell in love with 17-year-old Florence Mackenzie, the daughter of other missionaries in China. Five years later they were married in China. Florence, a registered nurse, was asked to help in a mission hospital in the city of Tientsin, near China’s east coast. It was hard when in 1936 the mission asked Eric Liddell to work as a rural missionary in the countryside. This assignment meant constant separation from Florence and his two little girls, Patricia and Heather. The missionary couple and their children left China in 1939 for furlough together, right on the eve of World War II.
After returning to China, Florence, now pregnant with their third child, returned to Canada. Eric remained in China alone. For two years Eric taught at the college in Tientsin while working on a book for Chinese pastors.
Pray for God to grant grace and patience to missionaries who must be away from their families.