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you is kind, you is smart, you is important...

Dan

 

Some friends and I went to see the movie, The Help, last night. I read the book just a few months ago and while I was moved to tears reading it, seeing it on the big screen and knowing what was about to happen, brought even more tears and even more thoughts. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie - trust me, you want to!!

While the book is set in Jackson, MS during the Civil Rights movement and we've seen numerous stories and movies about what life was like then - this brought it to another level for me. Yes, it made me think of those that were mistreated and abused, the African Americans who spent generations in slavery and even today fight inequality. But this movie/book also reminded me of those who haven't had their stories told - the ones today who are fighting the very same battles as Abelene and Minny- the battle against being treated less than the way God created and intended them to be treated.  I believe it exists in different ways though. I believe that it exists among the Hispanics who are working our farms for little pay. It exists among the internationals who have moved to our country. It exists between the rich and the poor. It exists between religions. It exists...

What is the "it"? Prejudice and Racism and the thoughts that we are a better person than someone else based on our financial, social, religious, or racial status. There I said it...

It exists because we often think we are better and higher than others, just as little Ms. Hilly did. Or maybe it exists because we want so desperatly to fit in with the Ms. Hillys, like the silly ladies who did whatever she required, often sacrificing their families and their beliefs to be "cool". I think it also exists because there are not enough Ms. Skeeters out there, who despite the cost, stood up and told the stories. Skeeter could have just settled for the oridnary Jackson, MS high-society life, married Stuart (who was the governor's son -but the movie doesn't mention that very important point)  and been somewhat happy.

BUT - She didn't. As her mom told her toward the end of the movie, "sometimes courage skips a generation..." It didn't skip Skeeter and I pray it will not skip me. I want to be one who is willing to love others even though they are different than me. I want to be a person who stands up for what is  true and right even though it might cost me a seat at the Bridge Club table or a ticket to the silly Christmas Gala.  I want to fight for those who are often forgotten and mistreated.  I want to be a person that loves others not because of where they are from or what they have accomplished in life or how much money they make or what side of town they live on,  but simply because God created them and loves them and sent Jesus to die for them.

Gosh- I have a long way to go... 

So... what about you? Will courage skip you? Can/Will you love others who maybe don't quite fit in like Minny & Abilene? Will you be Skeeter or will  you settle to be Ms. Hilly - you know what happened to her though - she ate Minny's "poo"... I think I prefer to be Skeeter - she's cooler anyway...