I think I am just about the last person I know who hadn't seen "Frozen" yet, until today. School was called off because of crazy cold weather and I asked my bestie to take me out for an adventure. Yes... very great movie. I put it right under "The Incredibles."
You see... I clean up pretty good, but I forget where my "supersuit" is. Lucius Best, aka Frozone is the best friend of Mr. Incredible and is doing his best to fit into society, without causing trouble. There are days that I fall into that trap. Days when I am out of sorts in my walk with God. Days when I look around for the right outfit to help me fit in. There are so many things pulling at me sometimes, that I forget that my "super suit" is much more basic. It's the full armor of God. When I am properly fitted in shoes of peace, the breastplate of righteousness, the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, belt of truth, and the helmet of salvation, I remember that I don't need the world's approval to be more than I am created to be.
When I purposely pull away and have time with God, I can discern what I should be doing with my day and how I should spend it. When I am full of the Spirit and truly putting God first, my temper is better, my appetite is at bay and I just overall, think much clearer. I know, I know, I have the advantage of being in recovery mode still. However, it took yet another surgery to remind me of the basics of my walk with The Lord. He has been faithful to me. I had my six week post op check yesterday and I am healing well ahead of schedule. I am walking, driving, climbing stairs and sitting better than most at this point in my recovery. Very cool!
I am a mom of boys. High school young men. Testosterone filled young men. Therefore, I am drawn more to non-girly things, more often than not. Ergo, Frozen is not my favorite Disney film. (sorry LZ!) But it is top six. In specific order, it is Toy Story 1, 2, and 3. Then Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and now Frozen joins the ranks.
Love wins. A beautiful theme in each of these films. Our basic human desire to find love, be loved and to show love. Andy loved Buzz and Woody. They figured out how to love each other, even though they had different characteristics that Andy liked. But in the end, they were able to say "you've got a friend in me, to infinity and beyond." In "Finding Nemo," Marlin swam to the ends of the world to find his son. On his journey, he also discovered the love of new friends, the joy in new places to see, and learned to "just keep swimming," even though the waters were unfamiliar and new. "The Incredibles." Ugh! I love this movie so much, it's rather ridiculous. And you don't want me to unpack the many levels of awesomeness in this film. When Edna was designing the new suits for the family, she insisted on "no capes!" Capes are old school. "I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now." (in Ephesians, God doesn't tell us to wear a cape... in fact, our backs are bare, because He's got us covered).
My point? We all have people or things we'd like to NOT be jealous of or envious of how they are wired. We all have silly rivalries that we make bigger in our minds than we ought to. Everyone has gifts and talents... and each of us have the daily choice whether to use them or not, without comparison. My old cell phone was a flip phone. I had a self affirmation on the home screen. It simply read "Tracy is awesome." Because I am! I loved seeing that little reminder. Many days I forget that I am "fearfully and wonderfully made" and loved enough that Jesus died for me. However, in the year 2014, I am determined to create new habits that remind me who I am in Christ. I am setting myself up to win and I pray that you do as well. Imagine a world where everyone is confident in themselves and no one is responsible for someone else's joy? Imagine a world with "no capes!" I kinda like not looking back:)
Let The Lord be your joy today and be on guard, "the thief comes only to kill, steal, destroy, but I have come so that you will have life to the fullest." John 10:10. If you're in your "super suit" like I plan on being dressed every day, don't add on to it. Love God, love people and don't add on a cape. You're amazing just the way you are.
"I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food." Thanks Bruce!