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WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

November 15, 2011 1 comment

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There were some great moments in last Sunday’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, some valuable lessons that we can learn from this show’s version of Cinderella and her real world counterpart, Ashley.

The way to watch this show is under the context of when you compare the real world to fairy tales, there could be more to the real world than we allow there to be, by learning from what we like in those stories.

I have said before, anything that comes out of movies, books, fiction, whatever–anything created by man, good or bad, comes from somewhere, making the principles behind the fictional story line real. Everything produced on this earth has a source. But know where it comes from. I am coming to the opinion, the show is portraying that life is meant to be lived somewhere between the two worlds, but that’s just an opinion and could change. Or, maybe it’s that the two worlds are beginning to merge in the show.

At one point in the show, Henry, the “kid,” asks Emma about Ashley, “What’s her story?”

As you read this blog post, I ask you, “What’s your story?” Your story might be a lot like Cinderella’s before she put on those glass slippers.

My life, it’s wretched,” said Cinderella.

Rumpelstiltskin replied, “Then change it.” She did. We find that Cinderella’s real world counterpart, Ashley, was in a similar wretched state, but went about changing her circumstances the wrong way. You know, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

As the show continues, Regina, the cruel mayor confronts Emma, which would later serve as fuel for Emma in helping Ashley fulfill her destiny. Regina stated…

Emma vs. Regina, abc.com

In order for something to grow, Ms. Swan, it needs roots, and you don’t have any. People don’t change; they only fool themselves into believing they can.”

You don’t know me,” Emma states back. Regina shot back…

No, I think I do. All I ask is as you carry on your transient life, you think of Henry and what’s best for him. Perhaps consider a clean break. It’s going to happen anyway.”

Do you ever feel like Emma, like you never really belonged anywhere, like others even want to keep you feeling that way? Like Emma, you will find your place. You will find your purpose. As Henry told Emma near the end of the show…

Henry, the “kid”, tvguide.com

You’re different. You’re the only one who can do it. You’re the only one who can leave Storybrooke. If anyone else tried to go, bad things would happen. You CAN go.”

How interesting, it is her weakness of a transient life that could ultimately be her greatest strength, in just the right place, at just the right time.

Continuing with the story, Cinderella is about to have a baby, but is afraid, because she was tricked by Rumpelstiltskin in a deal made with him. Watch how her husband handles this major crisis that could potentially break up the family. Cinderella cried…

Now I’m going to lose it all, my life, you.”

No…magic may have brought us together, but it didn’t create this love,” said Prince Thomas.

But I made a deal?” Cinderella responded.

Then the answer is simple. We make another deal,” reassured Prince Thomas.

Compare that to the real world version, explained by a waitress friend, Ruby…

That would mean the boyfriend was involved with her at all, which he isn’t. He left right after they found out they were expecting. Hasn’t spoken to her since.”

Surprised? Without her boyfriend around, Ashley confides in Emma…

It’s just that when the baby comes, no one thinks that I can do this. No one thinks I can do anything. Maybe they’re right.”

Emma turns around, looks Ashley in the eye and says…

Screw them. I know what it’s like–everyone loves to tell you what you can and can’t do, especially with a kid, but ultimately whatever you’re considering doing, or giving up, the choice is yours.”

It’s not exactly what you might think it is,” suggested Ashley.

It never is. People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, no, this is who I am. You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things? You’re going to have to go out there and change them yourself, because there are no fairy godmothers in this world,” said Emma.

Ashley with child, abc.com

The enemy will tell you that “people don’t change.” Turn that channel off, and turn on Once Upon a Time. In the show, both Snow White and Cinderella came from unfortunate situations. There was a particular scene where the two of them were dancing together in the palace–a picture of two people who beat the odds and found themselves in a special place.

Do you realize what inspiration you are to everyone?” Snow White asked Cinderella.

All I did was get married,” suggested Cinderella. Snow White concluded…

All you did was show that anyone can change her life. I’m proud of you.

ONCE UPON A TIME

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

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Am I the only one who takes notes during a new hit TV drama?

Watching previews for ABC’s new show, Once Upon a Time, I developed a perception of the show, but that changed when I saw an extended preview at a movie theater. It sprung out at me that there are going to be some unique messages underlying this show. Some of those themes were reflected right out of the box, and I’m going to share them with you.

The first show was decent, in light of much of the garbage you can find on television. Let’s hope it stays that way.

We can dream–it’s a fairy tale, right? If you did not see the first episode, read this two-paragraph Synopsis before reading my blog post.

Emma was driving Henry, a young boy, home, not believing a word he was saying about his book of fairy tales.

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true,” Emma said.

That’s exactly what makes it true,” Henry replied.

That exchange resonated with me within the context of my Christian faith. Learning from the woman, who touched Jesus’ robe in faith, (1) Faith is declaring something as God’s and expecting divine results. Mark5:28,34. (2) Something becomes divine when we declare it to be. Mark5:29. (3) Anything good, that we declare as God’s, will become His. Mark5:30. (4) What becomes divine is up to us. Touch in faith, then take your hands off it. Mark5:27,33.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews11:1.

Henry and Emma, abc.com

Later in the show, the Evil Queen declared…

No more happy endings.”

You know what the Evil Queen’s curse was? She sent them all to our world, “the real world.”

It’s true–how many people in “the real world” even still believe in happy endings? How many lives have we seen on the news not enjoy a happy ending? As an illustration, maybe you’re a married couple struggling in your relationship–I like to encourage people to think back to when you first fell in love with that person. What were the ingredients to the strength of your love? You probably had hope for what the two of you would accomplish together in the future. I contend, one of the secrets to love is to have faith in the present that there is hope for the future. Oh, that sounds familiar–1Corinthians13:13.

This faith, hope, and love can apply to any life, relationship or situation. People need to believe again. Find the same hope you had at the beginning.

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You.” Psalm51:12.

Snow White and Prince Charming, abc.com

One of my favorite lines came from Henry, the young boy. As “the kid” sounds like the crazy one, suggesting that the seemingly average folks of Storybrooke are really larger than life characters, the reality in the show is, the one who thinks of himself as average and life as never extraordinary is the one who is wrong. Henry insisted…

He’s the one who needs help, because he doesn’t know. None of them do. They don’t remember who they are.”

There is more to you than you know. Remember who you are. Speaking to Emma, Henry continued…

It’s your destiny. You’re going to bring back the happy endings.”

This responsibility falls on the individual–one person. Humorously enough, Emma recounted later that this whole story began to unfold on her 28th birthday after she did this…

I made a wish.”

Airs Sundays 8:00 PM EST, abc.com

You can watch the first episode online here: Once Upon a Time