This past week I had the pleasure of watching Pixar's new BRAVE in the theater. (See C.J. Chase's review, here.)
For my granddaughter the message was pretty straight forward. Sometimes you have to be brave when things look scary. The idea that this would be news to the female gender is a bit silly but it's true that animated and children's movies have lacked strong female protagonists who don't need a male to make things right. (I need to watch Mulan again).
Brave's claim to fame is 'female empowerment'. A grand idea but some of us don't need to know that. Empowerment and the old "Can Do" attitude of accomplishment and competition run amuck in this country, right alongside subjection and objectifying of people by gender, race and looks. What a jumble of messages our children receive.
For me the theme was about pride and forgiveness, which at times comes out of empowerment --male or female. Pride is such a tricky thing.
I've had far too many years to learn the lesson of asking for help and not relying on myself alone, but it's been a tough trick to learn. And it's true not only with friends, co-workers, family and 'professionals' but with God. Here, I doubt I'm alone.
How I want to depend on God for the little things as well as the big things. Is it pride that keeps me from reaching out, and then only for those things I know I can't do on my own?
Lord, help me be more about what you can do through me than what I can do myself. Teach me to ask for your help and guidance in all things, and for the help and guidance of others. Often. Not just when I'm in a scramble. Continue to break down pride in my life, for my accomplishments mean so very little if they aren't of use to You.