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cinderella: our continued fascination with her story

This weekend I went to see Cinderella, Disney’s new film of this classic story. (Loved the costumes, storytelling, and the special effects. Go see it when you get a chance.) In Los Angeles, the Cinderella musical is staged at the Ahmanson Theater until April 26.

Why do we stay fascinated with the story of Cinderella? Is it because this popular heroine overcomes her obstacles and obtains a wonderful prize of true love, riches, and honor? My answer is yes! Everyone, I think, dreams of a happily ever after and personally I don’t think that’s only found in fairy tales. I believe God has a happily ever after for you and me. That might mean different things to different people. For some, it might be finding that right job. For you, it might mean the end of a long illness. It CAN happen because you already know that God can do anything. But there’s a key ingredient that must be present when you are going through struggles. The story of Cinderella reveals this key.

Cinderella is all of us. We have all experienced disappointments that have left us in a hard place. In Cinderella’s case, she loses her mother and later her father. Because of their jealousy, her stepmom and stepsisters force her into servitude.

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There’s a huge difference in Cinderella’s attitude from her stepmom. The stepmother is bitter. She has lost one husband and then another. “We are ruined!” she declares when Cinderella’s father dies. She has only remarried for survival, and that didn’t work out as planned. She plots to move herself and her daughters into a more advantageous position. That too does not pan out. But Cinderella takes her difficulties on the chin. She does her best to love and serve her stepmother and stepsisters all the while hoping for better days. Later, when a royal ball is announced, Cinderella’s stepmom is only concerned about her daughters getting noticed by the Prince. Cinderella (with the help of her fairy godmother) attends the ball and is just grateful for that opportunity.

In the middle of your struggles, you can choose to be thankful or unthankful. You can choose peace and joy or become bitter. You can bless others or get angry at them because they have it better than you. You can speak words of life or death. You can choose to go on or give up. It’s just that simple.

It’s not always easy to choose the right way, but you are Born Again! The Spirit of the Living God lives in you. When you turn to Him, He will rise strongly in you and help you do what is necessary. When you take one step, He’ll take two.

cinderella-2015-wallpapersWe all know what happens to Cinderella in the end. She finds her prince and becomes his princess. She rises from a life to slavery to one of privilege. Perhaps you will never become a princess or live in a castle by this world’s standards. But spiritually, you are royalty. Your Father is a King. Your attitude will decide how much of His provision you experience.

Cinderella is a fictional character, but stories can often teach us something valuable. So, I am praying for you today. I pray that you will choose love, joy, and peace. I pray that you will refuse bitterness and fear. May your attitude be rich toward God and may you have the life He has called you to live.

Love,

Karin

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