I was recently watching Disney’s Brave with my children. I enjoy it each time we watch it- which has been many! But this last time I caught onto something I hadn’t before. There is a portion of the movie where you witness the different ways Merida’s mother, Queen Eleanor, is conditioning her to be a proper princess, and eventual queen of DunBroch. (You can find the clip here on YouTube- the scene starts about a minute in)
I’ve watched the scene many times before but never had I considered how much Merida’s training resembles that of our Christian youth. Young Merida reminds me of my own teenage daughter (Julia will be 14 in a few months)- frustrated sneers and all. As you can see in the movie, the queen is doing what’s best for Merida’s future. She is investing in her, much the same way we invest in our daughters. While we may not be training our daughters to be princesses of DunBroch, they are princesses of a greater King and it’s His kingdom we are ultimately living for.
Teaching Our Daughters to be Princesses of the King
The queen mentioned several requirements of being a princess. . . and I don’t think she’s far from biblical principles.
A princess . . .
must be knowledgeable about her kingdom – Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction
is cautious- Proverbs 14:16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence
is compassionate – 1 Peter 3:8 . . . all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble
rises early – Proverbs 31:15 She gets up while it is still night
is patient – Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
strives for perfection – Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor
Read the rest of my post over at A Little R & R . . .