I want my kids to know that yes, they may only be one person, but they have a voice and it should be used for good. They should speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8), and never forget that they have to power to be courageous. We live in a world that is full of negativity and evilness, but yet in spite of that there are still good things here. Still beautiful moments and people and experiences, and we each have the opportunity to be a light in the darkness…to embrace who we are and soar.
(It’s honestly a little difficult to believe the words above in light of this weekend’s events in Orlando, Florida. On Friday, a beautiful, young, talented singer named Christina Grimmie was murdered after performing at her concert, and then on Sunday morning 50 innocent lives were stolen at the hands of an Islamic terrorist. It’s unfathomable how so much harm was done in such a short amount of time, especially all in the same city! I’m absolutely sick over these vicious attacks…I just don’t understand. I know that my God is bigger than this evilness and the only thing I find peace in is knowing that He is in control, and He is a just God, and those responsible for these horrific acts will face justice one way or another.)
Another theme in this movie is sweet Judy and her “I can be anything!” attitude. Now, as someone that tries and fails often, I admired seeing a character so determined and full of gumption. (For the record, this may be my favorite word, as it literally means “shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness”, and that my friend is me in a nutshell. Gumption doesn’t mean you always succeed, but it means you try.)
I know many people just like Judy’s parents who eagerly share how awful my plan/dreams/goals sounds. And considering that I have many interests and goals and sometimes go overboard in executing them, I somewhat understand the concern…but why not offer support or encouragement? Why not have faith and believe in that person, or why not simply keep your lips zipped?