Have Courage! Be Kind!

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 9.44.57 PMThere’s a very inexpensive movie theater fairly near our home. Tickets are $2.00 each. For seniors they’re $1.50. Sweet! On Wednesdays seniors get in for $1.00. Even sweeter!

Understandably, newly released movies don’t show up on the marquee right away. That’s OK. For that price, a guy like me who was raised during pretty tough economic times can wait.

So occasionally, when something interesting is being shown, I’ll meet Terry on my way home from my work day at Concordia University Texas. We’ll go to a late afternoon matinee, followed by a shared entrée at Hunan Lion, our favorite oriental restaurant.

Movie and dinner for two: Under $20. Time together with my wife of nearly 50 years: Priceless!

Last week we saw Cinderella. It wasn’t really in the same category as my favorites, like Indiana Jones or James Bond. But watching it was time well spent. Actually, it was a wonderful movie!

It’s probably not necessary to review here the plot of this classic fairy tale. Suffice it to say that the story portrays a mixture of the power of parental love, the pain of dysfunctional blended family abuse and the pleasure of romantic fantasy becoming reality.

Along with memorable scenes and remarkable animation, one of the most powerful highlights was the deathbed dialogue between Ella (later derogatorily named Cinderella by her evil stepsisters) and her biological mother. Mother asked daughter to forgive her for leaving so soon by dying. Ella obliged. Then mother advised daughter: “Have courage! Be kind!”

Good advice that Cinderella followed consistently. That included her parting words, late in the story, to her cruel stepmother, Lady Tremaine: “I forgive you.” Regardless of the reason for the pronouncement, in any context those words require both courage and kindness.

The Old Testament relates the advice of Moses to Joshua: “Be strong and courageous.” That encouragement was followed by this promise: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:7-8)

Paul writes to the Ephesians: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32)

Have courage! Be kind! Those wise and biblically based words for living are worth heeding. Even when the reminder to do so comes from a fairy tale!


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