One of my favorite parts from the movie and book "The Help" is the encouraging words that the "Helper" Abileen shares with the little girl, Mae Mobley. Mae is not appreciated by her momma in the story and Abileen steps in to lift her up and give her the positive message of:
"You is kind."
"You is smart."
"You is important."
Abileen repeats the message to Mae at every opportunity hoping to instill uplifting and truthful thoughts in the little girl that will drown out the negative feedback that the momma keeps delivering. And she gets right down at Mae's level, looks her in the eye and with a voice that is almost a whisper tells her she is a person of worth.
As I was reading in Jude this week I heard a similar statement from God. The very first verse of the book states:
"...to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ."
And although I'm pretty sure God's grammar is immaculate, I can just hear Him saying to us:
"You is called."
"You is beloved."
"You is kept."
Thank you, Lord, because just like Mae Mobley, I need to hear truthful and uplifting words about who I am since the world is so good at delivering negative feedback.