For my book Princess to Princess which was published back in 2003, I thought of using the plot of the book about Cinderella to communicate about our security in Christ. I can’t remember how the idea came to me, other than the Holy Spirit’s leading, but it ended up working quite well. Please forgive me if my method seems a little off but with a little bit of grace, I think it communicates well.
In my book, I wrote fictional short stories to communicate different aspects of who we are in Christ–as His Princesses. So for our security in Christ, I wrote about 5th grader Megan whose teacher assigned the students to read the story of Cinderella and ask, “From this story, what could we learn about being a Christian?”
In my story, I have Megan notice how the wicked stepmother tells Cinderella she is ugly and lazy, even though Cinderella is actually beautiful and hard-working.
- Megan thus learns that she often believes what other people say about her even though it’s not the truth. And she also can be tempted to agree with the lies Satan whispers in her mind. Megan says, “I know I’m a Christian, but sometimes I wonder how God can love me enough to forgive my sins. Sometimes a little voice says something like, ‘If you’re bad, that’ll be more than God can forgive.'”
- Megan comments, “This reminds me that the Bible says everyone is invited to be part of God’s kingdom by asking Jesus into their life. Maybe the godmother represents the Holy Spirit who provides everything we need to live as Christians–even a robe of righteousness.”
- Megan concludes, “Maybe the Holy Spirit takes the skills and talents God gives us and uses them for His glory.”
- Megan wonders, “Maybe that represents how Jesus feels about each of us when He created us. He loves us from the beginning.”
- Megan thinks of how her school friends criticize her when she tells them about Jesus. “Maybe that’s what’s happening with them. They are jealous of what I have. I’m glad I share Jesus with them so they might also believe and feel loved and special.”
- Megan says, “Maybe the slipper represents the Holy Spirit in our hearts. After all, He never changes and He doesn’t leave us. Plus, we are guaranteed our security with the seal of the Holy Spirit. Yes, Cinderella lost one of the slippers but she had the other one to identify her as truly the one the Prince danced with.”
- Megan was reminded that, “I’ll live happily ever after in heaven even though that’s not a part of the plan here on earth.”