Mar 08 2012

The Influence of You

You might see this in the news today, It’s International Women’s Day. 

It’s a day marked all over the world to celebrate the achievements, contributions and talents of women.

For example, civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, and powerful women in politics.

I think it’s also a day to think about the women in your life who every day have had an impact.  Maybe they didn’t change laws or make them, but they made you who you are. 

I was incredibly inspired today while hearing your stories and reading your comments on Facebook about how the little things your mothers and grandmothers did, that made a difference. 

Made me think about what I’m doing everyday.  You don’t have to hold a public office to make a difference, and things don’t have to be perfect in your life either. 

It’s the things that you watched your mother, your grandmother go through and how they dealt with it and overcame that has the biggest impact. 

One man called and said his Grandmother taught him the importance of going to church.  Because of her Parkinson’s disease she couldn’t walk in the front doors, but that didn’t stop her.  Her husband carried her. 

And then I got a call from Tammy…that put everything into perspective. 

To really be an influence on people’s lives, it’s simpler than you think.  It’s not necessarily about holding public office or correcting everyone’s bad behavior, but about loving them anyway. 

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3/8/2012 6:00:56 PM
Larry Kelsey United States
Larry Kelsey
  When I think of highly influential women, Katharine C. Bushnell immediately comes to mind. Her book "God's Word to Women" reads more like a reference work than a book. She counters the chauvinistic interpretations of Scripture that steal the rightful place of women in the church and in the home.  This book is loaded with sound reasoning, amazing observations, wonderful insights from the original languages and exposes when, where and how these false and oppressive interpretations came to be.
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