Eric Liddel is known as the "Flying Scotsman," an Olympic runner—and a minister of the gospel. He took a strong stand when he refused to compete in a race because the meet was held on a Sunday. Rather than running, Eric was at church preaching as the games continued without him. He was faithful to what he knew was God's will in his life.

Since that day in 1924, his testimony has ministered to thousands of people, young and old, as they have struggled to determine the right thing to do in similar circumstances to those Eric faced.

Eric later went on to be the winner of the 400 meter race at the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris—he chose to honor God with his decisions, and he was blessed with success. His passion for running was evident, but his love and commitment to Christ, who gave him the ability to run, was foremost in his heart and mind.

-excerpt by inspiredfaith.com


I know where to run to on weekends – into God's Arms, inside God's house.
 
I am the created; He is my Creator. I return to my Maker, and He upgrades me. My talents and abilities are nothing compared to using them for His glory. My church time is a fixed schedule, non-negotiable.

I don’t have enough talent to win on my own, but I have a God who is more than enough, and He is all I need to win. He gives me more than second wind; He is the air I breathe.

And when I have run my race, when I have endured my marathon, when I have crossed the finish line marked out before me, by then I will look back and acknowledge that it was only made possible because of the pit stop Sundays I made along the way.

And in my last puff of mortal breath, I offer my all to the One I am living for. I can’t wait for my everyday Sunday!

"Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified." (1 Cor 9:24-27 NLT)

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