Something that I always enjoyed growing up was being able to watch Disney movies and television shows. Now being 21, watching and even re-watching a lot of movies, I noticed how many of them have good messages for the children watching them and some Christian messages too. The movies always take you to wonderful and magical places; they teach you to be good and honest people, to respect your elders and love your friends and family, and to be there for them when they need you.
This suddenly got me thinking, isn’t this what God wants us to do? Some of those things written are similar to what we should be doing – in a way it is like acting like Jesus. It is so easy to watch and learn what to do in these movies, but when it come to real life, doing some of them can be so difficult. Small things like telling the truth, being nice to your younger or older sibling, or even saying I love you to your parents can be difficult. Even I can slip up on some of these things, especially being nice to my older brothers, but I still love them.
One movie I really love is Beauty and the Beast. I love the moral of the story, which is to not judge people based on their looks and first impressions, that true beauty comes from within, and to be kind to others and not only think about yourself. The inner beauty of the beast was uncovered through, love, patience and sacrifice; it then became something so beautiful. This is such a powerful message to come from a children’s movie and it’s an important message to get across to people of any age.
Another message I found in more recent movies is things happening for a reason or something being like fate or destiny. Like when Cinderella looses her glass slipper at the ball, I mean, it was an easy way for the Prince to try and find her, and leaving just one shoe behind just in order for him to do so doesn’t seem like a common thing to do.
How about Merida, from Brave, who was finding her fate and started following the wisps? All she had to do was follow the blue light. It kind of looked like she had chosen to follow an angel in the direction that God would like her to be going. Or even Pocahontas having unusual dreams that she doesn’t understand. That sounds very similar to having visions from God, something I used to get a lot of growing up, but I never understood it was from Him.
In all these movies, they always end up going on some crazy adventure, and sometimes I think we do that too; some good and some bad, but there is always a reason for it. Some people might say that things happen for a reason, like in life when we get a new job and have to move – the reason it happened may be because it was God’s plan for us.