Sunday, May 9, 2010

More Quotes from the Biography on Eric Liddell

I continue to be inspired and challenged by the life of my favorite missionary hero, Eric Liddell. (If I ever have a son, his name is already ERIC! :-D )

I am enjoying the book so much that I can't help but share quotes, and will just do so all at once here (that is, until I find more and have to write another post. ;-) )

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The following was included in Eric's annual report for 1938:

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.
IT IS TO LIVE IN PEACE WITH ALL MEN.
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.
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.

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"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

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Regarding Bible reading:

"READ ACCURATELY,
INTERPRET HONESTLY,
APPLY DRASTICALLY."

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From his Morning Prayers for School and Family:

One word stands out from all others as the key to knowing God, to having his peace and assurance in your heart; it is OBEDIENCE.

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.'

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.

'If any man will do (obey) His Will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.'

OBEDIENCE IS THE SECRET OF GUIDANCE. Every Christian should live a God-guided life. If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by something else.

The Christian that doesn't know this sense of guidance in his life is missing something vital.

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.

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From Eric's Discipleship manual:


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.

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.

Father, I pray that no circumstance however bitter or however long drawn out, may cause me to break Thy law, the Law of Love to Thee and to my neighbor. That may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate, or become embittered by life's experiences, but that in and through all I may see Thy guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power, and daily presence.

Help me in the day when I need it most to remember that:
  • All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.
  • I can do all things through Him that strengthened me.
  • My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
'Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen.'

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From his book on discipleship:
 
As we start this course of readings we should first surrender our lives to God and dedicate ourselves to doing His will.  God's Will is only revealed to us step by step.  He reveals more as we obey what we know.  Surrender means that we are prepared to follow God's guidance, wherever or however He guides, no matter what the cost.

4 comments:

Mama said...

Wow, wonderful statements! I can't wait to read the book when you get back!!!!

Rosebud said...

Youch! :S Very good, though.

Anonymous said...

I wondering what is the name and author of biography you read? Thank you.

Melanie said...

Anonymous,
"Pure Gold" by David McCasland. I wrote a review on the book here: http://complete-in-thee.blogspot.com/2010/06/eric-liddell-pure-gold.html