The only time I cared to see a movie on the day of its release was Friday night when my husband took me to see Cinderella. It is a Disney live-remake of the original 1950’s animated film and I could not have been more pleased and thankful to Disney for not ruining a wonderful story.
It’s better than the original because the messages of hope, believing and good character were so beautifully conveyed. I left feeling dreamy alongside many girls of all ages. Little ones raced to take pictures with Cinderella’s dress from the movie and the glass slipper on display in the lobby. I stood watching their childlike excitement and felt a wave of emotion wash over me.
Cinderella is a representative for orphans, those crushed in spirit, the abused, the forgotten and lonely. She represents a dream in every girl’s heart that can be realized if you keep believing.
Cinderella is a story for all of us to remember who we really are; our true royal identity despite bleak circumstances. It’s so important that the true moral of the story is captured and remembered. Here are 5 reasons Cinderella reminds us every girl can be a princess:
1. Be kind, have courage and always believe in a little magic.
Before Ella’s mother died, she told her a secret that she said had a lot of power. She said, “Be kind, have courage and believe in a little magic.” All throughout her life, Ella repeated this mantra to herself to remind her to keep going. Despite the mistreatment, taunting and abuse from her step-sister and step-sisters, she continued to be kind to them in her reactions and to have courage to keep believing.
One might ask, “why didn’t she just run away and leave the situation?” She explains to her friend, “my mother and father loved our home and now I am loving it for them.” She was honoring her mother and father by being courageous in staying.
2. Have hope and be humble.
Cinderella was raised a daughter of a merchant. She had a golden childhood without a care in the world. It could have been quite natural for her to lash out against her step-mother’s insistence that she sleep in the attic, eat their leftovers and clean until three in the morning. But she didn’t, she stayed humble and looked at the bright side. She happily worked alongside the maids and slept by the fire at night when it was too cold to sleep in the attic.
Her humility reminds me of the verse, “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the left cheek also.” Luke 6:29. Cinderella had the wisdom to know that humility would soften and shorten the attacks. No matter how much her step-mother tried to convince Cinderella that she was nothing but a servant girl, she still held on to hope.
3. An orphan chosen by royalty:
Cinderella was left alone in the world with no inheritance or dowry. In the period Cinderella was originally written, marriage proposals were decided with a business and political mindset. The prince was instructed to marry a princess from another stronger kingdom in order to strengthen their own.
Marrying a commoner was unheard of because it wasn’t a smart political move in order to advance the kingdom. But after Prince Kit meets Cinderella, he is moved by her integrity and wisdom when she says, “Just because something is done doesn’t mean it should be.” Despite tradition and risk, the prince pursued Cinderella, sparing no expense in order to find her.
That is exactly what our King does with us. He chose us first and we are transformed into royalty when we choose him back. “For your royal husband delights in your beauty, honor Him for He is your Lord.” Psalm 45:11.
He pursues us even though we hide in our shame, again and again. “Therefore I am going to win her back again: I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14.
4. Accepted for who you are
The thing I loved about this remake is that both Prince Kit and Cinderella ask each other to take the other just as they are. Through the movie, Cinderella wouldn’t reveal her true identity because she feared he wouldn’t have anything to do with her if he knew. Interestingly, the prince did the same thing, letting her believe he was simply an apprentice.
In the end, when he finds her and the shoe fits, she tells him she has no family, that she doesn’t have a dowry or noble status to offer and asks if he will accept and love her despite tradition to marry royalty. Amazingly, the prince who can offer her every comfort in the world, asks her to take him just as he is as well; an apprentice still learning his craft. I cried during this part because it was so powerful and beautiful in its humility and true acceptance.
We all have a deep longing to be known through and through, the good and the not-so pretty parts, and accepted in spite of it. You may not have money, come from wealth, a home to call your own or even a family, but your Prince of Peace accepts you just as you are. The right one will love you for your inner beauty alone because it makes him a better man, and he will hope that you to accept him as he is too.
5. Forgive your enemies
Cinderella does the most awe-inspiring thing as she walks through the front door with her prince. She could have used that moment to be smug, to throw it all in her step-mother’s face. But she didn’t. With grace and dignity, she turned around and looked compassionately in her step-mother’s eyes and tied the finishing bow of kindness and courage when she says, “I forgive you.” No one would have blamed her if she would have walked right out of the house spewing some vengeful comment, but no, Cinderella saw her step-mother through eyes of compassion. She felt sorry for her and understood the hostile treatment through the years was rooted in jealousy, insecurity and pain.
Only a true princess who is secure in her royal identity and that she had plans that would prosper her and not harm her could quickly forgive so quickly and genuinely.
All Ella wanted was to be loved, seen and accepted. But instead, her step-family tried to break her spirit and to diminish her to a servant girl with no value. They even sealed her worthless identity when they decided to rename her, Cinderella since she covered in ashes and cinders from sleeping at the fire place. It could have been so easy for her to break, to agree with the lies of her enemies and to trade her inner beauty for ashes.
But just like Cinderella, our King longs to bestow upon us “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise.” Isaiah 61:3
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