The Help

Monday, August 22, 2011

I read the book over a year ago, and then saw The Help on Thursday night. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie yet, don't worry - what I'm about to say won't spoil it for you.

The main character, Aibileen, repeats a phrase to Mae Mobley, the toddler she takes care of:

"You is kind, you is smart, you is important."

The movie nailed that part of the book, and you get the feeling that Aibileen, a black maid living in the Jim Crowe era of Mississippi, is chanting that mantra to herself, as well. Those are words we all need to hear, and they've been playing in my head all weekend.

On Sunday morning, I read Psalm 62. It is rich; I underlined a lot. But the last two verses jumped out at me because they sound similar to Aibileen's phrase:

One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Psalm 62:11-12(a)

What a bottom line. What a mantra. What a phrase to remember when life gets tough.

You, O God, are strong, and you, O Lord, are loving.

That kind of says it all, doesn't it?

Do you have a power phrase, a mantra? Do you believe that words can help?

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8 Responses to “The Help”

  1. What a great verse to memorize!

  2. I just read the book because I had to get it in before the movie.  What a great connection you draw with Aibileen's mantra and Psalm 62.  I love this.

  3. I am seeing the movie on Thursday and can't wait.  I love the line you emphasized and it is something we probably all need to say to ourselves over and over again. Love how you connected it to the psalm too.

  4. Words I have on my wall to remind me that I say to myself often.
    JUST BE YOU!  -- I have struggled with being what God made me to be and tried to be what others wanted or said. 
    I am a slowly reforming worry wart! :0)

  5. Melody wrote about this movie and the same line, too!  I need this mantra today, Courtney.  I need this one so much I can't even think of the ones I usually use...

  6. I jusr finished the book yesterday. A great read. And I loved the image of truth being daily poured into a kids's life . . . by repeating phrases. An easy thing to take away from this book and do at home.


  7. I saw the movie on opening night with a bunch of women from church. Read the book two years ago. Loved them both.

  8. I just saw the movie.  It was amazing.  I want to read the book.  My phrase that rolls around in my head is Isaiah 43:1 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name and YOU ARE MINE."  I need to hear that often.  God bless!