26 Eric Liddell Quotes about Living a Meaningful Life

26 Eric Liddell Quotes about Living a Meaningful Life

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Eric H. Liddell was a Christian missionary and Olympic runner of Scottish origin in the 1920s. He played rugby as well to a degree but he was mostly known for his athletics exploits.

His life was the inspiration for the 1981 Oscar-winning movie, Chariots of Fire. Eric was a devout Christian and at one point refused to run a race that took place on the Sabbath.

After his running days he went to China where he did a lot of missionary work. Sadly he died at the young age of 43 from a brain tumor as a result of overwork. He used to exert himself to extremes in everything that he did.

Here are 26 of some his best quotes about living with purpose:

  1. “In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.” ~ Eric Liddell
  2. “Take obedience with you into your prayer hour, for you will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.” ~ Eric Liddell
  3. “Christ for the world, for the world needs Christ!” ~ Eric Liddell
  4. “Many of us are missing something in life because we are after the second best.” ~ Eric Liddell
  5. “Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit.” ~ Eric Liddell
  6. “If, in the quiet of your heart, you feel something should be done, stop and consider whether it is in line with the character and teaching of Jesus. If so, obey that impulse to do it, and in doing so you will find it was God guiding you.” ~ Eric H. Liddell
  7. “Anyone who, neglecting that fixed hour of prayer, [will] say he can pray at all times but will probably end in praying at no time.” ~ Eric Liddell

  8. “No man who really is a man ever cared for the easy task. There is no enjoyment in the game that is easily won. It is that in which you have to strain every muscle and sinew to achieve victory that provides real joy.” ~ Eric Liddell
  9. “God used the law, like a skilful physician, to bring my sore to a head in order that he might heal. The law was not a means of salvation, but only a means to show the need for salvation.” ~ Eric Liddell
  10. “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. God’s love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.” ~ Eric Liddell
  11. “I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, ‘Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.’” ~ Eric Liddell
  12. “Every Christian should live a God-guided life. If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by something or someone else.” ~ Eric Liddell
  13. “Obedience to God’s will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to DO (obey) God’s will that brings certainty.” ~ Eric Liddell
  14. “The secret of my success over the 400m is that I run the first 200m as fast as I can. Then, for the second 200m, with God’s help I run faster.” ~ Eric Liddell

  15. “As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim – have a high standard – make Jesus your ideal…make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.” ~ Eric Liddell
  16. “You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.” ~ Eric Liddell
  17. “If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” ~ Eric Liddell
  18. “The kingdom is where the King reigns. If He is reigning in my heart, then the Kingdom of Heaven has come to me.” ~ Eric Liddell
  19. “Training is not the easiest thing to do. It is liable to become monotonous, with the continual repetition of certain exercises. One of the hardest lessons to learn is how to start.” ~ Eric Liddell
  20. “My ideas on the diet of an athlete are different for different athletes. Some will find that they do best by dieting, others who are used to living on simple fare will find that they need to do very little in that direction.” ~ Eric Liddell
  21. “Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions.” ~ Eric Liddell
  22. “Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.” ~ Eric Liddell

  23. “To OBEY God’s will was like food to Jesus, refreshing His mind, body and spirit. ‘My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me.’” ~ Eric H. Liddell
  24. “HAPPINESS is to have enough for the day’s needs with always some to spare for those who have not. IT is to possess the love of friends and to have the knowledge that all is well with them.” ~ Eric H. Liddell
  25. “Happiness is to have the strength to face with courage all that the day may bring. It is to cherish the gift of laughter, to be quick to note all that is lovely and of good report.” ~ Eric H. Liddell
  26. “HAPPINESS is to find our joy in the common things of life for so will youth abide in our hearts till the end of our days. Thank God for the gift of happiness.” ~ Eric H. Liddell

Which of these is your favorite quote? Comment below:

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  1. Eric Liddell was quite a runner. Thanks for the quotes

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