Liu Chi Kung

by | Jun 11, 1997 | Focus, Persistence

Liu Chi Kung placed second to Van Cliburn in the 1958 Tchaikovsky competition. A year later, he was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution in China. During his seven- ear captivity, he didn’t have access to a piano of any kind. Very soon after his release, he was back on tour. Critics were amazed at his playing, stating that it was better than ever. “How did you do this?” One critic asked. “You had no chance to practice for seven years.”

“I did practice,” Liu replied, “every day I rehearsed every piece I had ever played, note by note, in my mind.” Perhaps the only area in our life where we have total control is in our mind. It’s in the mind that the battles of life are won or lost. It’s in the mind where we choose to follow God or go our own way. It’s in the mind where we battle temptation. This is why David said, “Your Word I have hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11, NIV).

By Dick Innes, Daily Encounter . Used by permission.


Liu Chi Kung