"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."
This quote is actually very descriptive of how he lived his life. After the Olympics he returned to China as a missionary, met and married a Canadian missionary and began raising his family and continued doing the work of a missionary. The work of a missionary became more and more dangerous in China in the 1940's and Eric was sent to a Japanese internment camp. He was able to send his wife pregnant with their third child and his first 2 daughters to Canada before that occurred. His youngest daughter never met her father.
Though his life was short it was exemplary. Throughout his life people took notice of his moral excellence. The headmaster of his boarding school described him as "entirely witout vanity". In the internment camp he was described by one internee as "the finest Christian gentleman I ever had the pleasure to meet." and another went into long detail of how Liddell poured himself ito the lives of the young people at the camp to make their time less difficult. Considering that Liddell died in the camp from a brain tumor and that his life there was even more difficult because of his medical condition underscores his selfless behavior even more.
Liddell has been a role model and hero for me most of my life. I have been a runner and a missionary an educator and a father just like him. In a pivotal scene in Chariots of Fire, Liddell falls down in a 400m race gets back up and ends up winning the race. The biggest way I try to emulate Eric Liddell is that when I fall, I get back on my feet and with God's help I get right back in the race.
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