In the final session at the LifeWay Significant Conference back in February Annie Downs wrapped up our time with a talk on the brave things that reveal significance.
If you haven’t heard of Annie Downs, I’d suggest you take some time to read her books. Her writing is amazing. Let’s All Be Brave, Speak Love, and her newest book releases early April Looking for Lovely. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and getting to hear her speak in person was amazing.
Annie told a hilarious story about a pipe which burst in the apartment above hers causing a flood in her house. At the end of the repair times, she was shown the pipe which caused the water damage, and it was extremely small. Her point was “It takes a little thing to make a big difference.” She went on to stay significant things are more often the little every day things rather than the big outrageously brave things.
As women we are often, we told our voice is insignificant. I’ve personally been told that because I don’t have a masters degree I’m unqualified to work in women’s ministries. I’ve been told that since a majority of time days when my kids were young were spent with them at home, I’m not qualified to speak into the life of a woman who works in an office. As Annie spoke about Esther she said the most simple statement. “There are people that you interact with every day that you are significant to and don’t even realize it. Cinderella really tells us all we need to learn. Have courage and be kind.”
Daniel 3 in the Bible tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and their significant and brave choice to not bow to King Nebuchadnezzar and to only worship the one True God. Annie Downs said, “Brave people hear the fearful voices, and they do the hard things anyway.” For the men, the choice to not bow was a small act that made a HUGE impact. As Annie spoke, I couldn’t help but think of small and large choices Ordell, and I have made over the years. Things as simple as choosing to eat healthier, exercise and be present have made an impact on our bodies and our children. The choice to bake cookies for our football players or invite one to church or our home for a meal has affected both them and us. None of those choices have come without risk, but all of them have become simple to do with time.