"Who is she?" they whispered.
"Is she a princess?" they asked.
The prince stood at the far end of the ballroom, astonished, almost star-struck.
The crowd split in two as she reached the bottom step.
Slowly, the prince walked toward her.
Her eyes met his gaze.
They looked closer at each other, as if no one else existed.
Gracefully they began to dance across the open floor.
The guests stood in a circle around them and marveled.
Something was different about the girl.
Though she looked undeniably beautiful outwardly, something shown from within her as well.
She smiled humbly and carried herself with a gentle grace.
It was not as though she wished to impress, but rather she was content as she was.
"She must be a princess. Yes, she must." they mumbled amongst each other.
Most of you can guess what movie I just finished watching a few minutes ago.
Not the cartoon, though that one is always a gem.
No, this time I watched the real-life version.
Ok...ok maybe it's my fourth or fifth time seeing it...not counting in theaters..
If you've seen it, you should agree with me that it is quite enchanting and even inspiring.
If you haven't seen it, hopefully some inspiration will carry over into this post.
Oh, and you really should see it,
But before I begin I would like you to know, I am not paid or sponsored by Disney.
Although with all the promoting I do for them, I really should be. Just saying.
Anyway, not only am I inspired by their lovely, royal-sounding accents in this film, but also their characters.
By this, I mean the actual self-character of both Cinderella and her Prince.
Believe it or not, we can all learn a lot from these two,
Whether we are ladies or gentleman.
Deep down, most of us want to be like them.
We want to have good character.
We want have integrity and the strength to do what is right.
We want to find true love and happiness.
We want to have courage and be kind.
We want to leave a legacy and be remembered as someone who loved unconditionally.
These are the qualities of princes and princesses.
In fact, I've noticed a pattern with every princess movie I've watched.
I've realized that each princess goes through a time of very difficult circumstances.
Perhaps, her whole life has been a struggle.
She may have a broken family or a situation at hand that she can't control.
Still, she finds a way to control one thing.
That is, the way she reacts to her life.
Instead of being miserable, she is the opposite.
She is happy and content.
She takes what she has, and does the best she can with it.
She comes up with creative ways to use her time and works hard everyday.
Of course, she dreams of better days to come, but she doesn't waste away her thoughts wishing constantly.
She hopes, but she still lives in the present.
She smiles and sings.
This is what makes her so beautiful.
This is why we admire her and secretly want to be like her in real life.
Not to mention, the greatest part of all is, even though she is happy where she is, she ends up much happier in the end.
She ends up with more than she ever dreamed of.
Then, we all watch and smile at the screen because we see that out of all people, that girl deserved to be a princess because she went through such a hard time, yet remained true to her character.
She didn't react harshly when people treated her poorly.
She was kind to every person and even every animal.
She stayed true to her promises and never ever gave up.
Of course her Prince did the same.
He was determined and strong.
He was patient and genuine.
He was sensitive and caring,
...oh and charming, might I add.
The point is, these are the qualities we all wish to have.
This is the story we all want.
Sometimes, though, we only see the end result and we don't look at the struggle it took to get there.
Let's say, somebody out there didn't know Cinderella's full story.
They may assume, "Oh, that's just all fake, nobody gets their lives handed to them like that. All princess movies are just tricking people into thinking they can get whatever they want without working for it".
In reply I'd say, "Cinderella had a very difficult life and she worked very hard. Ultimately, her love and kindness brought her what she gained in the end and that is more deserving than anything else".
Just so, your life might look like Cinderella's did in the beginning.
You might be working very hard everyday, and remain unnoticed.
You might be scrubbing the floors and cleaning up messes or working at job where people mistreat you.
You may have a broken family or you may have to carry the burden of loss.
This is real-life.
We all have stories of hardship.
Cinderella offers us her secret though, and that is,
"Have courage, and be kind".
Through all of it, we must be able to find joy in our circumstances.
We must remain kind, and that takes true courage.
Here's the problem, though.
We don't live in a fairytale world.
We live in a fallen world.
None of us can live up to a perfect character.
None of us can truly love, without some form of self-seeking.
There was only one Prince who lived, and did this perfectly.
He had all of the qualities we strive for.
He kept every single promise and He never stopped pursuing us.
He waited patiently for us.
He was kind to every person He met and He had the courage to even sacrifice His own life for love.
His love for us.
His name was Jesus.
His name is Jesus, and He rose victorious.
He now stands at the right hand of the Father, The King.
One day He will return for us on a white horse and rescue us from our brokenness.
Until then, we must be able to build His kingdom here on Earth.
We must do the best with what we have and find joy through it all.
Life definitely isn't a fairytale but heaven is even better than a fairytale.
It may seem hard to believe, but it is true. Heaven is real and it is where we will go if we decide to follow Jesus in this life.
We can have hope in the days to come and the only way we can find true, real love and power to remain courageous is by knowing Jesus while we are here on Earth.
The more we know Him, the more we know of His qualities.
We may look at the movies and be inspired by characters,
But Jesus is real, not fiction.
He has all of those qualities, perfected in reality.
With Him, we can have them too.
We can love others, even when it's hard.
We can be kind, despite cruelty toward us.
We can have the courage to press on,
And we can only do this fully with Jesus, not on our own.
Then in the end, after our toil is done, Jesus will take home those of us who believed in Him, and we will end up in a kingdom far greater than any we could have imagined.
The King will look at us and say "Well done, my good and faithful servant".
He will see Jesus and consider us deserving.
He will smile at us and be pleased.
Not because of our work, but because of Jesus.
We will enter His gates and it will be like a fairytale beyond what our human mind could have ever comprehended.
Until then, we must keep going and have hope in what is to come.
We must let Jesus shine through us, so that people see His kindness,
So that the world can see Him and also receive the courage we've found.
Of course, God's blessings on Earth will come to us,
But we don't have to wait around expecting a "better" life,
Rather we can be content as we are, and where we are.
We can sing and have joy, praising Jesus for saving us.
We can be princes and princesses, because that is exactly what we are.
We are daughters and sons of God, the one true King.
So let's live like we are.
Let's possess the qualities of Jesus.
Let's bring heaven to earth, as we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.
Let's smile and have joy that seems like something out of a Disney movie.
Let's have courage and be kind,
Because we know Jesus would.
He is who we should really want to be like.
His character is what we should really want to have,
And as we walk down the staircase of life, people will look at us and see something different shining out from within us.
They'll say to us, "There's something different about you".
Then we'll say, "Well it's definitely not anything we've done because without Jesus we all would have tripped and fallen down every single one of those steps, literally and metaphorically".
"Oh..so you're not royal?" they'll ask.
"Well technically we are but that grace you see isn't from ourselves, that grace is from Jesus."
Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 25:21 ESV
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23 ESV
|A photo from my visit to the beautiful (very royal-like) city of Lima, Peru! :)|