Today my wife and I went to see the movie "Cinderella". This was one of those movies we went to for her, but she's been to more than a couple for me. I said I would walk out of the movie if Gus Gus wasn't in it, but he was and I stayed in the theatre and watched the movie and even enjoyed it.
In the film before Ella's mother died she gave her daughter a mantra or rather a command..."Have courage and be kind". Throughout the movie Ella repeats the word "have courage and be kind" as she comes to a point when it would be hard to be kind. She held these words dear to her heart and put them into practice repeatedly as she demonstrated a courageous level of kindness to a step-mother and step-sisters who deserved a kick in the teeth rather than kindness.
"Have courage and be kind" is a decent mantra. "Have courage and be kind" is a good thing to teach children and a good thing to practice but that's not the point of this post.
"I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
"You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees." Psalm 119:68
"Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119:97
"Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105
Unlike Cinderella's mom God is not dead, far from it, but He has left us with words that are to be treasured and put into practice. See, like Cinderella treasured her mother's words and put them into practice, we must do the same.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
These are just a few of the commands that we were given to treasure and put into practice. Treasure God's words and put them into practice today.