Lydia as a role model

Have you ever considered Lydia as a role model for your entrepreneurial journey?

I guess your first question might be “Who is Lydia?”. We hear about Lydia in the biblical book of The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:12b-15):

We [Paul and his co-workers] remained in this city [Philippi] for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us. (New Revised Standard Version)

Now, what you may not be aware of is that purple cloth was a fabric of royalty, of the wealthy. It was very expensive to make due to the high cost of the dying process. Average people could not possibly afford clothes made from purple cloth.

Lydia, being a dealer in this very expensive cloth, was likely a successful entrepreneur, to use a modern term.

We hear that she also becomes a believer, a person of faith. Lydia and her whole household were baptized into the faith. Paul and his co-workers even stay with her, due to her depth of faith and her ability to persuade them.

Later in this chapter (verse 40), we hear that the believers met in her house. It is likely that she was a leader in the church meeting in her house. She was quite a woman.

Lydia was what we might call a faith filled entrepreneur. I am sure that she was successful, influential, and very much a woman of faith.

Lydia sounds like a role model to me. What do you think?

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