In case you are new to the blog, let me catch you up on what’s going on during the month of December: I turned 20 in October and have been thinking about doing a blog post series about what I learned while I was a teenager. I mentioned it to a friend of mine and I was recently reminded of that idea and requested to do it, so here I am. I usually think better when I write things out by hand instead of trying to start typing on a blank white screen, so I wrote out a list of lessons I’d learned on a yellow legal pad. When I did so, I saw that I had a much longer list than I had originally anticipated, much too long to do in one blog post. So, I just wanted to give you a little forewarning! Be sure to send this to your teen and tween-age friends, and comment along the way what impacts you or what you learned from being a teenager–I love hearing from you! These blog posts may be a little shorter than normal, but I’ll try to incorporate personal stories or verses that go along with it to expand the concepts.
I’ve always loved fairytales. Always been called a romantic. But while I have seen that life isn’t always a fairytale, I’ve learned that that doesn’t mean I’m not royalty.
The 2015 live-action remake of Cinderella, starring Lily James, is a favorite of mine. Not only is it a beautiful movie visually, it has several good messages about love and forgiveness. One of the main themes running through this movie is “Have Courage and Be Kind”. The main character Ella is shown to have courage and be kind with various people she comes across: her evil stepmother, the prince, and beggars (who turn out to be fairy godmothers). It’s an example to be kind to everyone, no matter how they treat you or what they can do for you. It’s an example that I try to emulate.
Throughout my teenage years and now as I’m 20, I work to apply this phrase in my life. I’ve seen in small ways how kindness has power, and I’ve seen it in big ways. Each time, it never ceases to amaze me how kindness changes people–both the people giving it and the people receiving it. It’s a fruit of having Holy Spirit in your life. It’s an attribute that attracts others to you and therefore to God.
As a word of warning, however: sometimes it makes people push away from you. People who aren’t used to kindness, people who expect rejection. But don’t give up on them. Kindness will have an impact on them. It always does.
If you want to be kind, start in the little things. Start noticing. Start seeing people. Apply it to every area of your life, not just the easy ones. Kindness means nothing if it’s not genuine–if it’s in one area of your life but not another. Kindness needs all of you to come out of all of you.
You don’t have to be royalty to be kind, but if you have God in you, you have both–kindness and royalty. Don’t keep it to yourself.
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