Yesterday I talked about Lois, a woman who made decisions based on her sense of self that was beyond her personality. I said, “Lois didn’t make decisions based on what she could get away with in the court of public approval.” How did Lois know that there was an authority bigger than any voice that spoke into her life on planet earth? She read the scriptures; she prayed; she believed.
Paul spoke of this attitude in the first chapter of Galatians when he defended himself before the doubters who weren’t quite sure what to make of this Saul-turned-Paul.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 NIV
Here’s the thing about Lois. Her doctor probably would have told her she wasn’t well enough to attend her brother’s funeral out of town. But here’s the OTHER THING about Lois. If Lois were the kind of woman who would ditch her brother’s funeral, she wouldn’t be the same Lois who packed a church on a Monday afternoon with people who she served and loved and served some more.
She also wouldn’t be the kind of woman her eldest granddaughter would choose to write a college paper on. I bet you a kidney that Lois would rather have her granddaughter’s admiration than just about anything. And she received that deep and profound respect because she was the kind of woman who would get up off her sick bed to attend another’s funeral.
How can we learn from Lois?