Tiaras, stately castles, sparkling jewels, gorgeous dresses, handsome knights, and always a good hair day! These are things that come to mind when we think about a princess. (Ok, maybe it’s just me that thinks about always having a good hair day.) Growing up, I can remember pretending to be a beautiful princess that was loved and adored by everyone, especially a handsome prince. I was something special!
But, growing up, it did not take long for me to figure out that the rest of the world did not necessarily agree with me. Sometimes others would say things that hurt my feelings. Sometimes it was hard to cope with the rude opinions of others. Life just didn’t seem to be turning out like the picture perfect scene that had unfolded while I was watching Cinderella. It seemed like I was running into more of the unpleasant step sisters than handsome princes.
Then my Heavenly Father reminded me that, as a Christian, I was already loved and adored to the max, just the way I was. Because I was His. It doesn’t matter if someone unfairly judges me or my abilities, because God knows who I am and He loves me. Loves me so much that He came and died for me. Wow. That fresh realization brought me comfort and reassurance that I was truly worth something…in His eyes. It didn’t matter what someone else thought. It was time to remember who I was. A daughter of the King.
Sometimes when the criticism gets so loud, it’s time to retreat and refresh in God’s Word, and remind yourself of who you are in Christ. Not because of anything you have done. But, if you are a Christian, you have been adopted in as a joint heir with Christ Jesus Himself. You are, in fact, a princess. Heavenly royalty. Act like it. Don’t ever forget it.
And don’t forget to ask for His help in graciously showing the love of Christ to those around you, especially those that may not always treat you in the right way. Because, if you’re like me, it can be hard to turn the other cheek when you’re being treated unkindly.
And because being a daughter of the King comes with responsibility. We are to reflect the character and nature of our Heavenly Father.
No matter what happens or what someone else says, remember who you are.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV)