I’m watching a war movie called “The Thin Red Line” about World War II.
Basically, it’s another war movie about how brave the men in our country were and are. It’s true and I, along with most other Americans, am grateful for all the men-and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom in this country.
I love watching war movies. Every single time I watch one, I can easily picture myself right alongside those men, fighting. I can also picture myself going above and beyond to do whatever it takes to get to the enemy and stop them. That is a trait I’m sure I share with many other men and women.
I would have made the perfect soldier. I’m literally not afraid of any man. I know God is always with me and I know the courage he gave me is an amazing gift for which I will always be forever thankful for.
What really bothers me about so many hollywood movies is that the men are so incredibly “brave” and “fearless” while women are portrayed as frightened, intimidated, helpless-and never even consider taking matters into their own hands. They must wait for the brave men to save them, lest they perish.
As I have said before, courage is not a characteristic given only to men. Courage comes from the heart, the mind, and the soul and all of us have some level of it in us.
Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartenegger, Sylvester Stallone, etc. are either near 60 or in their 60′s, yet they continue to get to play roles where they “save the world”. If they cast men their age to save the world, why not women as well?
Hollywood also portrays men as such deep thinkers and profound beings while portraying women as flaky, flighty, weak, and as always, helpless. That portrayal is so very inaccurate as well as a total insult to our intelligence.
Women, men are not and can not be our saviors. While they can make wonderful friends and companions, they aren’t the only ones who can save others from harm and they are not more brave than women. What I would love to see is men and women coming along side each other, defending each other as equals. God created us equally. As for opening doors for another, etc., I love it when anyone-man or woman, opens the door for me. It’s not a gender thing, it’s about respect for human beings. Showing respect for each other is a gesture, in my opinion, that shows “I care about you as another human being”.
I believe every person on this planet is made of great courage. So next time someone tries to intimidate or hurt or threaten you in any way, remember, you don’t need a man to defend you. All you need is what is already inside of you. It’s this innate gift given to all of us, yet only a few of us know how to activate it. It is the gift called “courage”.
Never let anyone threaten you or control your life in any way. Never get in the car with anyone who has a gun or a knife or whatever. You call out to God, you fight, you run, but never, ever get in that car with him. Your life will surely end that night if you do. You call out to God, your true defender, and you fight with everything you’ve got on the inside of you.
I hope after reading this that I have ignited something new inside of each of you tonight. The criminal, the “bad guy” has much less power than we do; especially when we call on God to be with us.
I did this very thing the day of the shooting at the church. And even though the gunman fired at me several times at close range, he didn’t hit me. Not even once.
Remember, the Greater One lives on the inside of you. And that means ALL of you, no matter what your gender.