My favorites were Rumpelstiltskin and Cinderella. I would sit by our record player and listen to these stories over and over. What I got out of them helped shape me as a person.
Rumpelstiltskin taught me who I didn't want to be. Remember, children are smarter than you think. They know when somethings isn't right. And I knew something wasn't right with Rumpelstiltskin.
He was this person who always promised great things... but with a price.
If you do this, you'll get that. If I give you this, you must give me that.
Have you ever been given a gift with strings attached? The giver having alternative motives to get something back from you?
This is who I don't ever want to be. Instead I want to be like this...
"And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." Luke 6:34-35
The Lord is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. I love that! This leads to one of my other favorite fairy tales.
A kind and humble girl. Someone who put others before herself and lived with grace and kindness towards others even in her difficult situation.
And she got to wear a pretty dress to the ball. : )
By the way, the new movie is wonderful. If you love fairy tales go see it, take your daughters, they will benefit from the message to 'have courage and be kind.'
Of course no one is as kind and humble in real life, as Jesus. And I want to be more like Him.
"All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,