I took my 18-year-old daughter to see Disney’s latest rendition of the classic story, “Cinderella.” Expecting the theater to be filled with little children and moms, I was surprised to see that most of the audience were adults, men and women alike. There is a reason for that. The movie is epic. The piece is beautiful. The messages are life changing. Yes, go see it if you haven’t!
Here is why you should see this movie and one of the reasons I’m in love with this latest adaptation. There is a key phrase that Cinderella’s mother taught her as Cinderella grew up. The phrase is “Have Courage — Always Be Kind.” [Tweet that.]
Courage is simply the ability to move forward even while facing obstacles and fear. Most of us give up as a wall of struggle stands between our opportunities and goals. Most of us are paralyzed when fear grips us and we don’t live the life of our dreams because of it.
Kindness is the basic ability to respect and love others as ourselves and to treat them as highly valued creations of God. Simple kindness dressed in the garment of a positive attitude is generally lost with many people. We don’t see the raw heart of gentleness often enough. The onscreen Cinderella, however, is a perfect example.
What would it look like if our society lived a life of Courage and Kindness? What if we lived as God would have us live with Courage and Kindness rather than Fear and Pettiness?
Today, remind yourself that in the face of fear, have Courage. In a moment of relational stress, be Kind.
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