Love Story. A beautiful movie released in the year 1970.
It makes the movie viewer fall in love with the fictional story of Oliver Barrett IV, the son of a wealthy and well-known married couple who graduated from Harvard University and Jennifer “Jenny” Cavalleri, a working class woman with a great sense of humor. Oliver and Jenny meet on their college campus and Jenny’s friendly banter lands her a date with Oliver, a date that turns into more romantic rendezvous and before you know it, Oliver and Jenny are inseparable. But any story is not worth its weight in gold without conflict and this movie has plenty—Oliver’s parents do not approve of Jenny because of her socioeconomic status (she’s poor). Oliver’s dad threatens to disown Oliver if he marries Jenny but the power of love prevails and the two lovebirds marry. Unfortunately, this decision comes with consequences—Oliver’s dad disowns him and cuts off all financial blessing. So now Oliver is poor but incredibly happy because the love of his life is now his wife. Read more…
We are a social culture, we strive for leaders and comradeship. We look up to and hang onto the words of our ministers. We crave acceptance. We desire to socialize with those of similar beliefs. Even in a faith-based spiritual fellowship we tend to follow the American Psychological Association’s definition of socialization, which is “the lifelong process whereby an individual’s behavioral patterns, values, standards, skills, attitudes, and motives are shaped to conform to those regarded as desirable in a particular society”. We depend upon others in our spiritual fellowship for validation of our faith and beliefs. We need to socialize, we are even encouraged to socialize in the Word. Hebrews 10:25 “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
I won’t ask you to go watch this movie if you haven’t seen it (though it is pretty cute and funny), but it does have a good basic idea that could teach many of us a bit of a lesson. Anyways, I watched this movie not too long ago and it had me thinking of the actual power yes has. Where saying yes can take us. And of course Kait and I (Austi) here at His Yes Girls are striving to live a yes filled life!
Now, I am not talking about following the basic summary of the movie and just saying yes to every single thing that comes along. But saying yes to God when he asks us to do certain things for Him and saying yes to those opportunities that God places in front of us.
This statement couldn’t be truer. The only way that the actions or words of anyone else can have an effect on us is if we allow them to. However, this goes two ways.
We hear (and say) it a lot. “Such-and-such put me in a bad mood, because……”. “Ugh, I cannot believe what such-and-such did, now I am aggravated”. “Such-and-such drove me to this”. “This happened and now I am in a bad mood”; etc., etc., etc….. You get the picture…..
The things that happen, what other people do or say affects us when we let it affect us. If we just made the decision to not allow those things to have a negative effect on us then they wouldn’t. It is, indeed a choice.