I’ve met some amazing young women over the years, and Allie Jensen is one of them. I invited her to be a guest blogger and to share her thoughts with us at RubyGirl.
Allie loves musicals and singing. Her favorite color is lilac. She plays on her high school’s varsity volleyball team, and she loves reading and writing.
Thank you for your insights and testimony Allie! ~ Jenny Rockwood, writer, RubyGirl.org
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Stake Girl’s Camp. The theme was “Have Courage and Be Kind” from Disney’s new live-action Cinderella. When I first heard that this was the theme, I was thrilled! I love the movie it comes from, and I love the quote so much that the day I first watched Cinderella, I made it my Instagram bio. Then, the week before we left for camp, the stake decided that we would watch the movie for mutual. This time when I watched it, having the theme in mind, I began to wonder just where the “courage” part of the quote came from. After all, Cinderella lets people roll right over her the entire movie! Where’s the courage in that? But when I got to camp and really learned about courage, I realized that there are huge differences between the world’s idea of courage and the courage that we as young women need to possess.
The world tells us that we need to be rough and tough and roll right over anyone who gets in our way. However, we need a gentler kind of courage, a Christ-like courage. I came to realize that it means being brave enough to always do what is right and enduring any trial or hardship that comes our way. As I dwelled a bit on this meaning of courage, I was running Cinderella’s actions through my head on replay, trying to puzzle out how she showed courage. When I looked closely, I saw that she was constantly showing a constant Christ-like courage and love.
You see, early in the movie, Ella’s father explains that their home is important to him because it is from generations of their family. Later, when Ella has become Cinderella, she admits that the only reason she stayed at the beloved house was because of how her father cherished it. Through this we see a sort of parallel. Cinderella is being like Christ. She is obeying her father’s wishes and at the same time shows huge amounts of love and kindness even when she isn’t given any in return. She endures trials. She shows incredible amounts of compassion. She boldly challenges the way of the world, saying “Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done”. This shows the courage you and I need, the courage to stand up to the world when the world pressures us to abandon our standards.
I can show my courage in so many small ways, and so can you. Every time I dress modestly, I show courage because I defy the world’s demand that I show more skin. Every time something rotten happens and I’m tempted to swear but don’t, I am brave because I refuse temptation. It takes strength to be Latter-day Saint, especially in these days. We will always face persecution and temptation and hard times, but if we have a Christ-like courage, we can withstand any trial.
Cinderella’s not just brave; she also exemplifies kindness. In Moroni 7:45 we read “And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Cinderella shows this type of kindness. She is always cheerful and pleasant, even when dealing with thoroughly awful people, which shows a loving patience that I’ll admit I don’t possess. She is polite regardless of social standing. She looks beyond outward appearances and is kind to everyone; for example, she gives a cup of milk to an old, homely woman who turns out to be her fairy godmother. When Cinderella humbly insists that it’s nothing, the old woman astutely replies: “What is a bowl of milk? Nothing. But kindness makes it everything.”
Eventually, Cinderella is rewarded for her kindness and courage. As most of us know, this classic tale ends with her marrying her prince charming. By the end of the movie, she has been elevated from a dirty servant girl to not just a princess, but a queen. This is like us. President Uchtdorf has said: “Be strong and of good courage. You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses destined to become queens.” We have great potential, and if we listen to the commandments we have been given and “have courage and be kind”, we can return to our Heavenly Father and become the queens we were always meant to be.
What is a way you can show a Christ-like courage? Who is the best example of courage and kindness in your life?