Greater Than Gold

The world knows the name Eric Liddell as the winner of the gold medal for the 400 meter race in the 1924 Olympics (portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire). Many know, further, that he did not originally train for that race: he had trained for the 100 meter race, but, dismayed to find that the race was to be held on Sunday, the Lord’s day, he refused to run it and was allowed to switch to the 400 meter. Perhaps fewer still know that he was born to missionary parents and went back to China as a missionary himself. Eric ministered in China for several years, and during a time of civil unrest he and many other missionaries were sent to an internment camp. During this time he quietly ministered away to all he came in contact with. He died while will still interred, with the words he often spoke about "Its Complete Surrender" passing through his lips. Even today  he is highly thought of within the Chinese community. Because he was born in China, some regard him as the first Chinese Olympic gold medalist, and within the city of his death, he is considered a hero. The small internment camp in which died is now a both a museum and a school, both in which his story is told. The building in which he died is to be reconstructed as a permanent remembrance to him. A remarkable honour for a Christian Missionary in a country like China. Outside of China, he is remembered through the powerful film Chariots of Fire. May his story of humility, commitment, dedication, compassion and a desire to put God above all else be an encouragement to us all.