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Rich in Christ

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I’ve heard the phrase “family in Christ” a lot and often think of my friends as being my “sisters in Christ.” But a few circumstances in the last 24 hours have broadened my view of what that really means.

It started with a few people’s random comments. The first one comes from one of my dear friend’s relatives who said she felt like I was one of ‘hers’ too. Like I belonged in her family. That felt really good. Then later, someone on Facebook commented that me and my friend look like sisters. We have no actual relation, but we are very close friends. And I was tempted to say, “Of course we look like sisters, we are sisters in Christ after all.”

Then this morning, I read this passage: “Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.'” Mark 10:29-30

And on top of all this, on Sunday my pastor really emphasized that God’s definition of riches is very different than what we usually think of. Instead of riches meaning money and wealth, God sees riches as relationships. That really comes across in this passage and from what I’ve experienced this weekend.

So today I am thankful for how rich God has made me. I have so many deep and lasting relationships in my life. I can really see that my family in Christ makes me rich.There are so many people in my church that I see as another grandma or grandpa, or sister or brother, or mom or dad. And now that I’m getting older, I can even see how the kids of my friends almost feel like my own. God really knows what’s best for us and what is truly means to be rich.

So I hope you stop today to think about all of the relationships you’ve been blessed with and how rich God has made you, and maybe even say a little prayer of thanksgiving to God for all that He’s given you.

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Why I Love Frozen

Sven from The New Disney Move Frozen

Alright, I admit it, I’m a sucker for kid’s movies. I’ve grown up watching Pixar classics and that animated real world just attracts me. I think the scenery is gorgeous and I love being able to step into this “perfect” world and enjoy a good story.

But the real reason that I enjoyed Frozen is because of its use of “love.”

I’ve seen countless movies, and read plenty of books that deal with the love story. Meeting a prince, falling head over heals, overcoming obstacles, and usually “true love’s first kiss” ends up saving the day. But Frozen takes a different spin on the word love.

In English we only have one word for this strong emotion, but really there are several types of love and they all can be very strong. There’s a parent’s love for their child, a sister’s love for a sister, a woman’s love for a man, and a friend’s love for another friend. All of these loves can make a sacrifice for another person. But usually we are made to believe that the love between a man and a woman is the greatest kind of love.

And as the movie begins, we might think that this is true in Frozen, we are soon pulled into a quick romance between the younger princess Anna, and her perfect prince Hans. Even as the movie progresses, we are encouraged to think that his love for her can be the solution to her problem.

Then we come to the plot twist, the perfect prince’s love was not real love, it is a selfish love, or lust really, that was only seeking power. So we turn our attention to Kristoff, the friend who has sacrificed so much to help Anna. Surely he can save Anna with his truer love.

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But Frozen takes yet another twist and takes the definition of love even further. At the last second Anna abandons her hope of being rescued by her friend Kristoff and instead thrusts herself in front of her sister, to save her from the now villainous prince. Her sacrifice ends up saving her, and we can see that it doesn’t matter who the love is directed towards; a man, a sister, a friend, if it is true sacrificial love, then it can break any curse.

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Throughout the movie, we are shown that genuine love is not the romanticized story of a girl and boy falling for each other, it’s about putting another person’s needs before your own, even if they don’t deserve it. This is real sacrificial love.

Both the trolls who sing about falling in love with a fixer upper and the snowman that suggests “some people are worth melting for,” show us that love is real when you stop focusing on yourself and what you want and put your focus on what’s best for the other person.

And that’s why I love Frozen, it gives us a truer look at what love is.

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