I "happened" to stop on that channel just long enough to hear these profound words,
Aibileen Clark (to Mae Mobley): "You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
I didn't stop and watch the movie again, but I kept thinking over those words and the deep rich lesson, not in the words, but in the intent over the next couple of days.
Aibileen was affirming to Mae what was important about her. She was speaking truth into her life in an effort to negate the damage done by Mae's mother's NOT so kind words.
One of the things most of us struggle with is the not so kind words which have been spoken into our lives. They become forever etched upon our hearts. God has taught me the importance of forgiveness, but I was not able to let go of those heart scarring words until I made this brief stopover at the exact time these words were being spoken in the movie.
As I thought over the importance of the words we speak into each other's lives, it occurred to me most of the positive ones are discounted and quickly forgotten. Most of us have a difficult time in believing the best about ourselves. Instead we tightly grip the negative pronouncements and count them as truth. EVEN knowing what God has said about us!
The light went off today as I continued to mull this over. I am believing the words of a mortal-fallen man instead of the words of a Mighty God. I have chosen to believe what was spoken in anger, frustration, justification, envy, or any other negative emotion instead of the eternal steadfast truth of God. I am giving more credence to the mutterings of a mortal man than to Almighty God.
I will still think of these words occasionally, for so far, my memory has not failed me, BUT I will then renounce them as not the truth. I will then remember what God Himself has told me and hold steadfast to His truth of His great love for me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made--in His image. I am important in His eyes!
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.