First Things First

The story of Eric Liddell and his achievements is set in the 1924 Paris Olympics. The story is the basis for the film, Chariots of Fire. Liddell was a superb runner in the 100 meter dash and a devoted Christian who eventually served as a missionary in China for the rest of his life. The heart of the story was Liddell’s refusal to participate in the 100 meter event because it was run on Sunday. He protested that he belonged in church on Sunday and not on the track. He returned to the Olympic venue to run the 400 meter dash – definitely not his best event. As he went to the starting blocks, we are told that an American gave him a piece of paper with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30: Those who honor me I will honor. Liddell not only won the race but broke the world record with a time of 47.6 seconds.

Clearly priorities matter!