It’s summertime! That means sun and fun, no school, hot temperatures, swimming and water fun, games, movies, and just about anything to keep the kiddo’s from going crazy (and maybe taking you with them). There’s lots of activities to choose from ~ some organized and others may be spontaneous.
A favorite for us (because honestly, I don’t enjoy being hot) is watching movies. Fortunately, these days, there’s no shortage of kids movies to choose from. Unfortunately, not all of them are good choices. One that we really love though is Tinker Bell! It’s entertaining, educational (as in, we learn where fairies come from), fun, magical, and most importantly, the primary message of the entire film is about purpose.
We all have a specific God-given purpose. We all have our own individual gifts and talents, which God gave to us by design, to fulfill his call on our lives. When we disdain the gifts we’ve been given, we’re never satisfied ~ we complain, sulk, and compare ourselves to others. And beyond that, we even imply that God got it wrong when he created us! However, when we accept and function in our gifting, we are happier, more productive and more fulfilled. It’s a much better way to live.
This is a lesson all children (and a lot of adults) need to learn. And it’s nice to have it laid out in such a clear and entertaining way for children. But we can’t just expect the movie to do it. If we really want our children to understand the message, we have to take the time to talk about it, to explain it. We have to show them how important and special they are just the way they are. We have to help them understand that their gifts and talents are unique to them, and will help them to be the person God created them to be. We have to help them embrace their gifts and talents, and to not waste time, energy, and life, envying others for their gifts and talents. And Tinker Bell helps us to do just that!
Enter the magical world of fairies and meet the enchanting creatures of Pixie Hollow, who “nurture nature” and bring about the change of the seasons. Changing the colors of the leaves, moving a sunbeam to melt snow, waking animals from their winter slumber, or giving a patch of sproutlings a sprinkle of water are all within the realm of these seasonal specialists. Tinker Bell thinks her fairy talent as a “tinker” isn’t as special or important as the other fairies’ talents. But when Tink tries to change who she is, she creates nothing but disaster! With encouragement from her friends Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn and Iridessa, Tink learns the key to solving her problems lies in her unique tinker abilities and discovers that when she’s true to herself, magical things can happen.