There are women that inspire you and make a great difference in your life.
I’ve been blessed with wonderful role models. My aunties, who taught me to act smart and look fashionable; my mommy, a true servant and a godly woman who prays for her family members by name each and every day; my friend Martha, whose strength during difficult times taught me the meaning of the word endurance; my dear neighbor Marlene, who continued to be my friend despite my kids’ rather unusual behaviors (like pooping in her boys’ closet or taking scissors to her new leather couch.)
But today, I’m going to brag about a special woman I know.
She is special for many reasons. She’s kind and compassionate, loyal and honest, and very loving – in the practical, non-overly-affectionate way that speaks more love to me than a thousand hugs.
She’s also smart and beautiful, confident yet incredibly humble, despite her God-given role as a prominent leader in our church.
She truly is my kind of girl.
However, her most inspirational quality, at least to me, is her deep commitment to the Lord and her ministry – which has endured hard, often thankless work; sacrificial giving; the heartache of years of infertility; the serious illness of close family members; her own battles with her health.
She is like a rock, someone I can look up to for inspiration, advice, a listening ear, a godly example.
I often ask myself, “What would my friend do if she were in my shoes?” For I might feel no real qualms about saying or doing something that could turn out to be not such a good idea or, worse yet, a bad example for others. So I just picture my friend in a similar situation, and then figuring out what to do seems a lot easier.
I just know that if my friend were in my shoes, she would remain pensively quiet instead of blurting out her opinion. She would look upset, instead of curious, if someone began to say something unkind about others, and she would stop the malicious comments right away, instead of encouraging them. She would choose to forgive, if someone were mean to her. If a need arose, she would try to do something about it. And if she saw a gift in you, she would look for a way to nurture and give it wings.
How do I know this? Because I’ve seen her do these things – even for me.
This month, we celebrated International Women’s Day. So I thought, what a fitting occasion to celebrate this very special woman in my life!
Her name, if you haven’t guessed it yet, is Thora Anderson. She’s our Senior Pastor’s prettier half (sorry Brian), mother of Zoe and Luke, our Women’s Pastor, and – my, oh, my! – my friend.
I love you, Thora. Thank you for being so faithful, the type of person one can truly admire.
Dear Reader: Who is that special woman in your life and how does she inspire you? I would love to read about her.