I know that Emaline will love the new live action cinderella. She will undoubtley love Disney princess movies, if nothing else, because of the family she was born into. But I am more excited for it to come out on BluRay and to watch it with Eli.
I wanted to see it opening weekend, but we couldn’t make it work. I was even tempted to go solo one sunday afternoon, but I could never bring myself to see a movie alone. So when my mom suggested RJ and I go out last weekend, I knew exactly what movie we would see.
Cinderella was so good. I knew that I would like it, and it was even better than I imagined. Not only does Disney tell great stories, but Disney does an amazing job of teaching biblical lessons in secular films.
Spoiler alert: despite the efforts of her evil stepmother, Cinderella marries the prince in the end. And the part that stuck out the most to me was when Ella turns to her stepmother and says “I forgive you.”
Her stepmother did not apologize. She did not ask for forgiveness. She just stood on the staircase and gave Ella an angry look. And Ella, in a moment of complete happiness, forgave her stepmother and lived happily ever after. Could she have still lived happily ever after without forgiving the woman who sought out to ruin her life? Sure. But her forgiveness shows that she is the courageous and kind woman that her mother and father raised her to be.
Forgiveness is hard. We give Eli timeouts, way more often than I would like. But he’s a stinker, so he gets numerous timeouts in a day. And, when his 3 minute timeout is up, we talk to him about what he did wrong. He apologizes to Emmy for hitting her, apologizes to Jesus for being mean, and apologizes to me for being difficult. After that, I tell him that he is forgiven.
And I actually have to forgive him.
After all of the horrible things Ella’s stepmother does to her, makes her eat alone, laughs at her, rips her dress before the ball, Ella still forgives her.
And Ella is the better person for it.
Is Elijah probably going to miss that whole lesson, mostly since it is at the end of the movie and I doubt he will sit through an entire movie that doesn’t involve Buzz, Woody, or Lightning, but I can still try to use it. Maybe if I bribe him with candy.
Its a beautiful lesson I want to be able to demonstrate for my children, and hope that I will be able to.
And after all of the horrible things that we do, hurt the people who we love, gossip about each other, Jesus still forgives us. No matter what.
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