Eric Liddell

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Remember the film Chariots of Fire? Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian, refused to run the 100-meter race on a Sunday morning. But two days later, in the 400, he won the gold medal and set a world record.

Twenty years later, when he died in a Japanese internment camp, all of Scotland mourned. A man in that prison camp described Liddell:

“He organized sports and recreation, and helped people through teaching and tutoring. He gave special care to the elderly and weak. Without the faithful, cheerful support of Eric Liddell, many people would never have managed to survive.”

I'm Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. It doesn't matter whether you're in the Olympics, in a prison camp, or on today's job, when you are faithful, you are living out the high calling of our daily work.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"

(Acts 16:25-28)