"Football is not a matter of life and death, it is more important than that."
Colin WellandMany Christians have been inspired by the words attributed to Eric Liddell in the film, Chariots of Fire: “God made me for a purpose but he also made me fast and when I run I feel his pleasure”. Many of us have rejoices to see our sport as a way to worship and please God.
The line was written by Colin Welland, script-writer of the film who died in November 2015 at the age of 81. The film’s success surpassed all expectations. Welland would also have been amazed how influential that line became in sports ministry. An internet search revealed 19,000 results!
In 2002 I wrote to Colin Welland asking if the line was based on a quotation from Liddell and got the following reply:
" Thank you for the inquiry I haven't got to my script to hand but I remember writing
'God made me for China but he also made me fast and when I run I feel his pleasure'.
As far as I know the words are my invention but well expressed how Liddell felt.
Hope that helps