Wednesday, May 11, 2011

And she shall grow in Grace and beauty...

In a faraway land, long ago, there lived a king and his fair queen. Many years they had longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Aurora was born in love, beauty and grace, expected to change her kingdom one day.

But on the same day, an evil villain, Maleficent stormed into the room, knowing something no one else had known. “Listen well, all of you!” She screamed. “The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But… before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel-and die!” The king and queen along with the rest of the kingdom were in absolute shock. How could a princess born of beauty and grace take part in this sinful downfall?

Sleeping Beauty was raised for the next sixteen years in grace and beauty. She knew right from wrong, and surrounded herself with people who would only help her achieve her predestined legacy as a princess of grace. One day she met a wonderful prince, and little did they know that together they would lead a kingdom of great honor and excellence.

On Auroras sixteenth birthday, Aurora went to the castle. When Aurora found herself alone, Maleficent stepped in with temptation. Aurora was mesmerized by the spinning wheel, and although she knew right from wrong, she took her eyes off what the king had planned for her life, and at that instant, she went into a long sleep. Once her friends found her, it had been too late. Aurora had lost the battle of temptation and had to pay the consequences. Little did she know it would affect the whole kingdom for generations to come.

Although the princess had gone off the path that she needed to be on to achieve, There was a prince who would do whatever it took to get her on the right path. He fought through evil for her, putting his own life in danger, in hope that love would triumph all. We all know how the story ends, Aurora meets her prince, and together they lead the kingdom in grace and excellence.

I think we have all been aurora at one time. God had this excellent plan for our life to live a life in beauty, grace and love, but at one time or another we have taken our eyes off of the path we are on and fallen into the temptation of sin. As we all know, all of our sins have consequences. But the cool thing is that the same prince that saved Aurora from her sin, is the same God we serve today. A God that not fights through evil and Satan when we take our eyes off of him, but a God who died for us that we may live in beauty and grace, leading kingdoms in excellence.

We are all born royalty, no matter what, because we are all children of the king. Whenever we ago astray, our Prince of Peace will rescue us, and we can continue to live that live in grace. But never forget- we are all bringing up a kingdom of excellence, and that would be the Kingdom of Heaven.

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