On Being a Princess //
Today is National Princess Day (which I wonder about bc our nation doesn’t have a princess?), and I’m sure we all feel 48 different ways about that word.
I remember watching movies as a kid and relating more with the side characters than with the princesses. Nothing about my awkward self was princess-y. I hated Barbies (trolls were my jam! anyone?), I refused make-up, skirts, and teen magazines, and honestly I STILL can’t figure out how I would live my life w/out nails.
I didn’t fit in the cultural mold that was set before me. I didn’t know how to appreciate my unique perspective on life; it seemed more like a mistake by the Manufacturer.
My first semester of Christian college, we took the Strengths Finder - and mine was “Command.” I was mortified. I remember promising myself not to tell anyone, because there was no way I was going to make it in my school’s ring-by-spring, Christianese culture having strengths like Command and Competition and Self-assurance - and being a female.
Well, although zero Christian dudes asked me out during college, I began to see some cool benefits of being a natural leader who happens to also be a female.
Now I’m 33, and I’m extremely glad to have had those against-the-grain instincts during my growing up years. Because it turns out pink tutu’s and pie-baking are actually not the qualifications for being a princess. (Although they are fine endeavors for whoever may feel inclined!)
The Bible tells us that it’s God’s love, lavished on us, that makes us royalty. That the elegance we carry can't be contained in a necklace or braid or AllSaints jacket.. That it’s found in the knitted fibers of our being; we ourselves are reflections of our King’s majesty.
And because He has called us, we are Queens. Because He has purposed and Fathered us, we are PRINCESSES. So take a moment today and think about your value. Step beyond our culture’s restrictive definition of what a princess is supposed to be. Always walk confidently in your nobility my sister. In your leadership. Your courage. Your unique and priceless strength. And thank God for it! May he daily show us what it means to be princesses in His vast Kingdom.