When it was announced that the Wonder movie would release Fall 2017, my boys were all on board. "Mom, can we go? Mom can we go?" I was hesitant as I didn't know how they would cast Auggie with his facial deformity, nor how I would handle it. I read about half of the book--enough to understand the suffering of a 10 year-old due to a genetic mutation. Multiple surgeries over multiple years had improved his condition, but in his won words, “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
All of his life he has endured people not only avoiding eye contact, but never looking at him to keep from staring at him. Kids ask awkward questions, they make him the butt of jokes, they won’t be his friend. He is cropped out of pictures--it’s terrible!
I asked myself, what is it that makes us feel we are superior to one another? Is it pride? The Bible says we should, “Love they neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39) It says we should “Do to others as we would have them do to us.” (Luke 6:31) Basically, we all want to be treated with love, kindness, and affection. Are those not basic human decencies we should afford one another?
It may not show on the outside, but everybody is going through something. We could all benefit from a little kindness. When given the choice of being right or being kind, choose kind. ~R.J. Palacio, Wonder
“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” ~R.J. Palacio, Wonder
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I began writing this blog in July 1) because I enjoy writing and 2) because I wanted to reach a broader audience for my books. Since July, it has become a place for me to share a positive thought each week. I hope you, my readers, enjoy it, too. Since I mentioned books, I have written four novels that I classify as Christian books with real characters struggling with real problems in the real world. Many people ask if my books are based on true events. They are not, but I intend for them to be realistic with relatable characters. Most recently, I published A Girls’ Guide to Abstinence and A Guys’ Guide to Abstinence. These books are intended to empower young people with self-control and good judgment. The books will inform them of God’s plan for the order in which their lives should be conducted. Coming soon is my first devotional, Turn North. In Deuteronomy 2:3, the Israelites are circling Mt. Sier instead of moving towards the Promised Land. God commands them, “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.” This book is for the person who thinks they may want to start reading the Bible or the person who thinks they may be ready to believe in God. If you would like to reserve a copy of Turn North, click here.
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