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Friday, November 20, 2015

Cinderella's Story Can Be Spiritually Uplifting

For my book Princess to Princess which was published back in 2003, I thought of using the plot of the book about Cinderella to communicate about our security in Christ. I can't remember how the idea came to me, other than the Holy Spirit's leading, but it ended up working quite well. Please forgive me if my method seems a little off but with a little bit of grace, I think it communicates well.

In my book, I wrote fictional short stories to communicate different aspects of who we are in Christ--as His Princesses. So for our security in Christ, I wrote about 5th grader Megan whose teacher assigned the students to read the story of Cinderella and ask, "From this story, what could we learn about being a Christian?"

In my story, I have Megan notice how the wicked stepmother tells Cinderella she is ugly and lazy, even though Cinderella is actually beautiful and hard-working. 

  • Megan thus learns that she often believes what other people say about her even though it's not the truth. And she also can be tempted to agree with the lies Satan whispers in her mind. Megan says, "I know I'm a Christian, but sometimes I wonder how God can love me enough to forgive my sins. Sometimes a little voice says something like, 'If you're bad, that'll be more than God can forgive.'"
Megan reads in the book that a palace messenger announces the Prince is having a magnificent ball for finding the love of his life and every maiden is invited. The stepmother and stepsisters laugh when Cinderella asks if she can go. Without a fancy dress, the three women convince her she can't attend. But then the fairy godmother provides a fabulous one.
  • Megan comments, "This reminds me that the Bible says everyone is invited to be part of God's kingdom by asking Jesus into their life. Maybe the godmother represents the Holy Spirit who provides everything we need to live as Christians--even a robe of righteousness."
Megan then reads that the godmother uses the pumpkin, rats, and mice for her purposes but warns Cinderella that the pumpkin, rats, and mice will turn back to their original form at midnight.
  • Megan concludes, "Maybe the Holy Spirit takes the skills and talents God gives us and uses them for His glory."
Megan continued reading to discover that the Prince immediately falls in love with Cinderella when he meets her.
  • Megan wonders, "Maybe that represents how Jesus feels about each of us when He created us. He loves us from the beginning."
Megan reads that at the ball the stepmother and stepsisters criticize beautiful Cinderella when she dances with the Prince. They don't recognize her all dressed up. They feel threatened by her beauty and his love for her.
  • Megan thinks of how her school friends criticize her when she tells them about Jesus. "Maybe that's what's happening with them. They are jealous of what I have. I'm glad I share Jesus with them so they might also believe and feel loved and special."
As Megan reads about how everything the godmother made turned back, she noticed the glass slippers didn't turn back.
Megan finished reading the book and its last words were, "and they lived happily ever after."
  • Megan was reminded that, "I'll live happily ever after in heaven even though that's not a part of the plan here on earth."
I concluded the chapter by writing, "When was the last time you felt like Cinderella? Does it seem your precious glass slipper is lost? Do you afraid Prince Jesus is going to appear and find the glass slipper doesn't fit?

"Jesus wants you to feel secure in His love and in your position in Christ. That's why God sends the Holy Spirit into your heart--to prove you really did receive the gift of salvation."

Ephesians 1:13-14 assures us, "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory." (NASB).

(graphics and photos from digitalart, ponsuwan, Witthaya Phonsawat, found at www.freedigitialphotos.net)


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