Monday, February 3, 2014

On What I Taught My Girls from Disney's Frozen

Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen the movie and don't want the plot spoiled for you, then please come back and read this after you have seen the film.

We had a chance to see Frozen again this past weekend.  My husband hadn't seen the movie yet, so that night after we put the kids to bed I asked him what he thought.  He paused...hesitated, really.  I had a feeling I knew what his hesitation was about.  He told me he was concerned that one song in particular (Let It Go) can encourage rebellion.  I agreed with him, but I told him it could also provide an opportunity for character training, and it can also point to the cross.

Here is what I taught my girls:

  • Elsa's fear led to anger.  She isolated herself because she was running away from her fear and anger.  
  • The castle she built gave her a chance to be free to express her anger, but she actually imprisoned herself in that castle.
  • A world without rules will lead to pain. 
  • God gave us rules to protect us from physical, mental and emotional harm.
  • It is biblical to take time away from a situation that is causing fear/anger.  Psalm 4:4 says, "Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent"  Take time out on your bed when you are angry to think through what you are angry about.  Elsa sings, "It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small.  And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all."  There is quite a bit of truth to this.  Prayer can give us strength to work through our anger and fears.
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  • But, you can't run away from fear and anger without doing damage in the process.  Elsa left Arendelle in a freezing, unending winter because she wanted to avoid facing her fears and anger.  In the same way, we leave people hurting when we isolate ourselves and avoid resolution in conflict.
  • We have freedom in Christ in that we don't have to be afraid that we will fall short of perfection.  The power of the cross lies in the fact that Jesus has already lived a perfect life for us.  When we pray, he gives us the power to live life through grace.  And that's the beauty of freedom in Christ.
  • Elsa learned to control her fears and anger by opening her heart to love.  Loving others rather than pushing them away is key to solving conflict and conquering our emotions.

So, that's what I taught my daughters.

What are some things you saw in the movie that would be great teachings points especially for our children?


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