Season 7, Episode 12, “Oleson vs Oleson”

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Have Courage and Be Kind

“You did the courageous thing and every woman in this town knows it.”   

–Caroline Ingalls

Standing up for what we believe in is never a mistake as long as kindness is just as tall as courage. Our world is full of opinions, political parties, and causes to support; it’s obvious to say that we won’t always agree. I wonder if we’ll ever find a way to be courageous and kind at the same time?

Caroline took a stand against her husband and encouraged every woman in Walnut Grove to do the same. The issue of land rights isn’t what mattered most, it’s the nature in which she stood. It takes courage to boldly do what others won’t, and then to stick to that conviction without slandering the opposing side—whether that be a political party or your boss or your spouse.

I watched a movie with my daughter last night, a silly live-action fairy tale that’s been out for a few years. The protagonist suffers throughout the entire film believing that she must endure the injustice being done to honor her mother.

Have Courage and Be Kind.

What an incredibly difficult proverb to live by. No matter what we are fighting for, believing in, standing up against, it’s always—and I do mean always—the best choice to speak with bold benevolence. For gentleness and graciousness to seep into every determined word we express.

Charles finally does sign the petition, not because of Caroline’s ranting or pointing out his faults—she didn’t resort to those tactics. His decision comes after considering her point of view delivered with daring bravery and thoughtful consideration. May we all learn from Ma to have courage and be kind.

Verses to Ponder

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 1 Timothy 1:7 MSG

Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 MSG

Questions to Act On

Have you ever been so bold in your beliefs that you forgot to be kind? Yea, me too. How can we do better next time?

Much Love,

Wendi

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