6. You are not a ‘one slipper fits all’ creation…
The story narrated that ‘The slipper travelled the length and breadth of the kingdom, visiting every maiden both high and low, and every sort in between. But, whatever they tried the magical slipper refused to fit’. Just like Cinderella, you are not a ‘one slipper fits all’ creation. Shot after shot, displayed girl after girl hopelessly attempt and fail at fitting their size into the snug shoe. Desperate to be ‘the match’, desperate for success and desperate to be a princess more so than ever loving the prince, saw the hearts and soles of many uselessly try to pour themselves into something that simply wasn’t theirs. Purely, when rescued from her attic tower and called into the prince’s presence once again, did the slipper without any haste or struggle slide effortlessly onto Cinderella’s foot.
To God, you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Palms 139:14). You are cherished, respected, adored, loved, and have no need to impress Him by being someone else. Similar to the prince, God didn’t lose hope, quit the search or get misled, but instead looked high and low for your unique slipper size. All because He loved you and wanted to make you ‘His Princess Bride’.
7. Forgive your enemies…
Once winning the allotted shoe size and the prince’s heart, Cinderella still had one more task to fulfil before she was swept off to marry and crowned the kingdom’s newest royal. Leaving behind her beloved country home for the final time, one hand placed in Kit’s and the other clutched to her reunited slipper, Cinderella caught glance to her wicked stepmother silenced in misery on the staircase above her. With all the reasons in the world to hate and from all the words of vengeance to welcome and cast upon the soulless woman, Cinderella graciously opted with, ‘I forgive you’.
It was earlier discovered that both Ella and Lady Tremaine shared loss and grief in common, but what separated these two characters entirely were the ways in which they each handed their pain and viewed life’s meaning afterwards. Following the death of her first husband and who she called, ‘The love of her life’, Tremaine chose a life that resided in only bitterness, hate and envy. Whereas, Cinderella took a hold of the fond memories once shared with her parents and allowed them to positively shape her into someone sparking, ‘Courage and kindness’. When life brings suffering, when enemies bring spite and when trials bring hardship, we all have a choice in how these moments define us! Will we resent life and the people inside it for the unhappiness it once bought upon us, like the self-destructive stepmother? Or will we, like Cinderella, elect to gently forgive, confidently walk forward and not allow our unfortunate circumstances affect our chances at becoming worthy princesses, ones destined for greatness in God’s eyes.
8. The wicked will not go unpunished. The righteous will not go unnoticed…
Just as Proverbs 11:21 sounds, ‘Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free’. So it would seem that this authentic film concluded in the same way also. Finally discovered to be the ‘Mystery Princess’ from the ball, it stood revealed that ‘forgiven or not, Cinderella’s step mother and her daughters would soon leave with the Grand Duke and never step foot in the kingdom again’. While their banishment and punishment continued outside the land, Cinderella’s righteousness did not go unnoticed. Grandly permitted the freedom to live her life in peace and happiness once more, home becoming known as the Palace, and endlessly loved for all her days by the new king as well as the entire nation, God certainly knew how to end a worthy story when He scripted, ‘the desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath’. (Proverbs 11:23)
9. Names have power, like magic spells…
Cinderella’s difference in attitude, in character and in her cheerful approach to life, despite its privations, is what ultimately changed not just hers or the prince’s world, but also the world in which they both lived and later reigned. The film’s final scene saw a newly married Kit and Ella appearing happily on the palace’s flowering balcony before sealing their love with a sweet kiss, much to the crowd’s excitement as they watched and joyously applauded from below. And while they waved to the hearty crowd, viewers learned that the all smiles royal couple, ‘Would come to live to be the fairest and kindest rulers the kingdom had ever known. And Ella continued to see the world not as it is, but as it could be, if only you believe in courage and kindness and occasionally just a little bit of magic’. Equivalent to Cinderella, we also have potential to transform this modern world for the better, merely by the conducts we live, act, speak and think by. Sometimes just stepping away from the world’s rules is the only way much needed change can be made. We were not created by God to live in the solitude of darkness, but to bask in the radiance of light. Our mission and service on this earth is to have hope, be hope and spread hope. Your name holds the supremacy to revolutionise our world, so why not start placing it out there? ‘Names have power, like magic spells’. Just ask Cinderella.
10. Forget a Fairy Godmother. We have God!!!
The fairy godmother was certainly the one responsible for turning Cinder-Ella into Princess Ella. And although at first envious of her story (plus her blue dress), I quickly seized we have something far more majestic alongside us than any delightful wand. Because of JESUS, our tattered rags have been adapted into radiant ball gowns, our names once identified as sinners have risen to become ‘children of God’, and our lives have changed from ash to gold, going from nothing to everything. We have each received worthy invitations, not to the Royal Palace Ball, but to the Kingdom of Heaven, a place no spell’s power can ever break God’s proposed timeframe of forever. No longer are we ‘retched servant girls’ but ‘majestic future Queens’, destined for extraordinary purposes, intended for perfect peace and paradise and meant for eternity spent with the ‘King of Kings’ and ‘Lord of Lords’. Such as a princess at the ball, so too can we stand tall with our heads and spirits held high, knowing our all-powerful and all loving God will, unlike the fairy godmother, never depart our sides in life when the job seems done.
My night with Cinderella was definitely a moment in time I’ll cherish forever. Ella’s courage is what her set her free from servant hood, her kindness is what charmed the prince, and her belief in a tiny bit of magic is what eventually led her to reign as queen. Sometimes all it takes is one person, if it’s the right person, to influence a nation and inspire a whole new generation to, ‘Have Courage and Be Kind’, despite the circumstance. Cinderella didn’t just leave behind a legacy for her storybook kingdom to follow, but also educated all who observed her onscreen story to eventually walk out those theatre doors with a fresh outlook on life, love, faith, hope, and magic! Just like the words, ‘Have courage and be kind’ carried Ella, ‘Through all the trials that life can offer’, I believe the scripture, ‘Love God and love others’ also holds the unique power to transform broken lives, renew our distorted world, and see those of us who believe in salvation’s gift, ultimately enter through the gates of Heaven. Where Happily Forever After truly begins!
(Note: All quotes in italic blue belong to the 2015 Cinderella film.)