Which Disney character did you want want to be as a kid? Can you still relate to that character?
I have been slowing working through the book "Waking the Dead" by John Eldredge the past few months.
In the book he talks about mythical stories which we are able to relate and connect to because of how they relate to our lives.
In the beginning of the book the author discusses three eternal truths which can be found in mythical stories and our own lives if we are willing to step and see the bigger picture.
Here are the three eternal truths Eldredge discusses:
1. Things are not as they seem, there is more going on here than meets the eye.
2. This world is at war.
3. We have a crucial role to play.
As I mentioned, these eternal truth make great mythical stories, basically every Disney story includes them. Even the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and many others have similar plots.
I bring these up because of what I was reading the other morning. The chapter was titled, "Your Truest Self."
Again, the author was talking about how mythical stories resonate to us and why we are able to connect and relate to certain characters.
Eldredge believes it is because they reveal our truest self. They reveal what God has intended us to be.
Think back to all the Disney stories you can think of, the main character isn't the same person at the end as they were in the beginning. They have become who they were created to be.
They were transformed. However, on the outside they look almost the same. The transformation happened in there heart. They are living what they have believed there entire life.
What would your life look like if you lived by they way you feel in your heart not how the world makes you feel?
Back to the characters.
Which character did you connect and relate to growing up?
For me, I have always had a deep desire the be the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
I always thought I was drawn to the Beast because of his strength, power and roughness. However, as I read "Waking the Dead" I am beginning to realize there is more to the story. Dare I say, "there is something there that wasn't there before?" (See what I did there?)
I'm beginning to realize it's not just the Beast strength and power, which I am drawn to but his transformation. Now, he is one of the few characters who actually transforms on both the inside and the outside, which I can also connect with as a strength coach.
But what the story "Beauty and the Beast" reveals is that there is more to the Beast than what people see on the outside.
There is more to me, and all of us, than what people can see on the outside.
There are hurts, hopes and dreams that most people will never now about until we begin to see the heart of a person.
This is our truest self, hidden within us.
Hidden by hurt, shame and guilt from our past.
However, when we find true love we can be transformed. We can step out from hiding behind the hurting and reveal our truest self.
Revealing who we were intended to be all along once we find true love.
And, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
In the story "Beauty and the Beast," the Beast finds his true love in Belle.
In our story, the truest love we can find is in God.
Our true love is God, the one who created us with the glory inside which we have hidden.
Not only did God create us with glory, he laid and rose his only son Jesus Christ, in order that we may be transformed into our truest self.
Image bearers of God.