I guess it proved to myself that my worries about my blogging addiction were unfounded! Though my prolonged absence was certainly not due to any purposeful decision to stop blogging. It's just that coming home from work every day after 10 at night is not very conducive to putting down something coherent, especially if many of the hours at work have been spent on operations that have tested the limits of your skill, knowledge and equipment! Thank God for His mercies in keeping all our patients alive and well!
I was planning to restart blogging on Monday, time permitting, but saw the second part of Tim Challies biography of Eric Liddell and was too taken by the first paragraph to not repost it. Especially since this is something I have been thinking about lately and in fact have been discussing in a comments thread on a previous post. Eric Liddell did not seem to have any doubts as to how he made his decisions in life. Here is the paragraph in full.
In the first part we got as far as Eric Liddell returning to Scotland after winning two Olympic medals. And here he is, just 23 years old, a sports hero who still had at least another Olympics or two in him. He could have played professional rugby, he could have kept running. The world was before him. But he shut it all down and gave it all up, heading to China so he could preach the gospel. And here is a second lesson I see in his life. He was willing to give up everything for the sake of the gospel. Would you be willing to give up fame and money and popularity and everything else in order to heed the call of God? Let’s not make light of this and pretend like it was an easy thing. He was giving up everything most of us dream of. And it seems like it wasn’t difficult for him at all. He knew what God was calling him to do and he had no regrets, no second thoughts. Could you do that?
This is the question I ask myself - Could I do that? Give up all I hold dear for a higher calling? Eric Liddell was certainly someone who did.