When the little fourth grade girl inside of me felt the sudden urge to watch Princess Diaries 1 & 2, I quickly obliged. It had been so long since I’d seen either movie, I barely recalled some of the things that happened. But what I found most intriguing were the underlying messages hidden behind humor and awkwardness.
If you’re unfamiliar with Princess Diaries, it is centered around a gawky teenage girl who discovers she’s the princess of the country of Genovia. Essentially, her entire life changes and she must decide if she’ll accept her position. I had no idea that my innocent desire to see Anne Hathaway in yet another unconventional princess story (Ella Enchanted, anyone?) would turn into a ministry moment. Here are 3 things I noticed:
1. Princess Mia was royalty all along. She simply had to “be.” Since Mia was born royal, she didn’t have to convince anybody or beg to be a princess. It was who she was all along; she just needed someone to tell her. Imagine how your life would change if someone informed you that you were a princess or a prince. How would you feel? How would this revelation affect your thinking, your behavior, your relationships? Would the way you view yourself and others change? The truth is, as a child of God, you are royalty. You were made in the image of God. Romans 8:17 says we are heirs to his throne. It’s not based on looks, income, social status or abilities. Psalm 139:14 serves as a reminder that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
2. Someone believed in Mia. Her grandmother was dedicated to working with her and teaching her what she needed to know. Even when Mia messed up, her grandmother committed to not giving up on her. When Mia wasn’t confident that she’d be able to lead an entire country, her grandmother and those around her encouraged and affirmed her. God also promises to complete the work He started in us, never giving up on us. He is dedicated to working with us and reshaping us, preparing us for the calling He’s placed over our lives. Even when we question if we’re capable, God knows very well what He placed on the inside of us. He knows His strength is made full and perfect in our weakness. He knows we will fall and sin, but He’s right there to pick us up. Never harsh or judgmental. He sent His only son, who lived a perfect, sinless life, to take the place of our imperfect, sinful lives. Even if no one around you is rooting for you, God is rooting for you! He believes in you and He has every intention to bring His amazing plan for your life to fruition.
3. Princess Mia was teachable. Isn’t it funny that we think we know best? It’s as though we forget God can see the beginning and the end, while we have such a limited view. One thing I love about Mia was her willingness to learn. Her grandmother taught her what it meant to be a princess, giving her the ins and outs. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit as well as God’s Word. James 1:23 says if we listen to God’s word but don’t apply it to our lives, we’re only fooling ourselves.
4. Even when others treated her differently, Mia never compromised who she was. She continued to stand up for what she believed in. Do the choices you make, the relationships you entertain, and the opportunities you pursue, reflect a belief that you are an heir of God? Remember, God accepts you for who you are and is committed to making you even better. He has a plan for your life and a unique purpose that only you can fulfill. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me speak of style and grace.
Style & Grace is the combination of the beauty flowing from within you, and the unique characteristics that make you special. It is the confidence in knowing you have been hand-picked by God and graced to be all that He has created you to be.
Sometimes, we need a reminder of who we are and what that means. That is why I decided to create a list of scriptural affirmations to remind women of all ages that our worth and value is rooted in Christ. These affirmations serve as a visual reminder that you are special, you are chosen and you are enough. Click HERE to download them for free!! 🙂
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