The Academly Award winning film, "Chariots of Fire," tells the story of the great Scottish sprinter, Eric Liddell. Liddell represented Great Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. A devout Christian, Liddell was scheduled to run his best event, the 100 meters, on Sunday. He refused to do so, despite the fierce insistence of British officials. Resolute in his refusal to run on the sabbath, he was given the opportunity to run the 400 meters instead, though it was not his best event. No one expected him to run well.
Shortly before the race, a massuer slipped a piece of paper into Liddell's hand. On it was written I Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me, I will honor." Liddell carried that piece of paper in his hand through the race. He not only won the gold medal, but he also set a new world record in the 400 meters.
It's amazing how God honors those willing to take a stand. Mordecai's courage and refusal to bow begs the question of me. To what will I refuse to bow? Am I willing to take a stand for God?