Just watched the latest adaptation, with Kenneth Brammer directing. Powerful stuff and pulled at the emotions in all directions. Ella was told by her Mum before she died to have kindness and courage.
Been thinking recently about kindness. I am blown away time and time again by the kindness of people God has put in my life. The tiniest act of kindness goes such a long way and I've learnt by how others have treated me that no act is too small to have an impact. The test for me is showing kindness when I am NOT on the receiving end of it. When the impulse is to be unkind in return, to repay as has been given. Jesus standard is very different
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5 v 43-47
In Cinderella she appeared to get it right all the time. As I don't live in a Fairy Tale it is something I will need God's help with every day for the rest of my life. But a life lived walking with Jesus is the happiest and gives certainty of a Happy Ever After ending.