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Lessons from a Hero: What Lilias Trotter Can Teach Us Today

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England’s greatest living artist chose ministry over fame.

Marvel Comics created a number of superheroes beginning in 1939, which continue to be popular today. You can find superhero movies, toys, clothes, shoes, watches, and electronic games, just to name a few. Each of these superheroes has special powers that allow them to overcome evil.

Hebrews 11 list heroes of the faith who fought the spiritual battle with God, providing them with power and strength. They inspire us to be faithful in our commitment to following God, even in the midst of persecution. They trusted God for the fruit of their labor when it was not revealed during their lifetimes. The inspire us in our own spiritual journey.

This past year, I was introduced to Lilias Trotter, who is a new heroine for me. Watching the documentary, Many Beautiful Things (which depicts the life and vision of Trotter), viewing her art, and reading about her life has inspired my own faith in multiple ways.

You are probably wondering: Who is Lilias Trotter?

Let me give you a brief introduction. Lilias was born in England in 1853 to an upper-middle-class family. She was an extremely gifted artist and was told she could be England’s greatest living artist, but in order to do so, she would have to give herself totally to her art. At the same time Lilias had a growing faith which encouraged her not only in her personal spiritual growth, but also in service to others.

Lilias felt the call from God to go to North Africa and serve Him there. She had to choose between pursuing her career as an artist and answering the call God had placed on her heart. She chose to follow God. As a single woman who was denied support from a mission agency because of health issues, and didn’t know the language or culture, this was a radical decision.

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Source: Christianity Today Magazine

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