This past week, one of our dear saints from our church passed away. Cancer cut her full life short, yet she lived a full life. I write about her today not just due to her strong faith, and she did have a deep faith/relationship with God: her family and friends testified to that very fact during her memorial service. No, I am not writing about that, nor am I writing about her tenacity in studying her Bible. You should see her Bible. Almost every page has an underlined verse with notes and insights written in the margins. She took to heart:
2 Timothy 2:15 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
She studied and read and spent time learning the truths of the Bible. And it showed! Her life was different, shaped, and changed by making choices to live life God’s way. The way of life God has called us all to live. But that is not what causes me to write today.
I could write about the great example she was, and we would do well to learn from her life. That is the reason King Solomon (the wisest man that will ever live except for Jesus) said this:
Ecclesiastes 7:2 2It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.
That one day, at the end of our lives, people will gather and say things about our life. It would be better for us to learn the lesson now that we can have a great impact on others if we so choose. Yet, though this is close, it’s not what I am writing about.
What hit me as this memorial service went on was who shared about this amazing woman. Yes, family shared all attesting to her love and being about God’s purpose. They did not see her as mom, or sister, or grandma, or as a relative, but as a friend. She lived out:
John 13:34 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
But it was not just family who shared, it was neighbors, friends, people in our church, all witnessing the same loving, kind, giving woman who with gentleness wanted you to love God like she did. She lived:
Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
She chose to live out God’s love and purposes and her life made a difference. She lived:
Matthew 22:37-39 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
She loved God and loved people and showed it! She could have easily given into the trend of the day and been self-focused, or do nothing, or just sit and expect life to just bring it all to her. But no, she was active, learning, growing, loving, and serving. And not just at church, but at home, in her neighborhood, at work, with any and every one God would direct her towards. She made life count.
It does make me think…does my life count? Or am I more focused on my self, stuck in survival mode, looking out for what I am getting (or not getting), or am I after loving God and loving others and showing it? What about you?
I praise God for the great example of Lois Cowart, one of my heroes of faith.
Seeking to Make My Life Count with you,