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Update on Lia

February 18, 2009

Lia is the 12-year-old who defied caution (and warning) and decided to use her persuasive speech assignment to tell the truth about abortion. We talked about her last week.

She gave her speech at a national forum last night. She didn’t win the competition, although many people in the audience felt she gave the best presentation of the evening. Bound4Life has been in touch with Lia’s parents, and posted the following excerpt of an email from her mother:

Lia wasn’t really that upset though, especially when she considered that the only difference between winning the competition and not winning was having a couple extra pictures taken and being given a small trophy. Lia has a much bigger trophy – somebody commented to us on our YouTube account that her aunt watched Lia’s video and decided to NOT have an abortion because of it. Yay God! Others have commented that they either never thought of the issue before or were pro-choice – but now they have changed their opinions. So, having a life saved is the best trophy ever!

Two lives were saved, really: the life of the child and the life of that woman.

Many props to Lia for being the bravest 12 year-old I’ve ever seen – and braver than many people twice her age.

Let’s not stop at a digital pat on the back, though. Let’s be humble enough to learn from Lia. What opportunity is staring you in the face? What outlet do you have that could be used to share truth? Maybe you’ve brushed it off because it seems small or insignificant, but what could seem smaller or more insignificant than a 12-year-old’s speech assignment?

Zechariah advises us not to despise the day of small beginnings; the same verse tells us that the Lord sees and rejoices. David took down Goliath because he warmed up on a bear and a lion. Jesus taught us to be faithful with little so we can be trusted with much more.

Is there something you’re not doing because it’s not glamorous?

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