2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day Six
Song #35 – “Reflection” – Mulan
Disney’s “Mulan” was a relatively quiet success during the decline of the Disney musical prominence of the late 90’s, which told a tale of a Chinese general’s daughter who impersonated her father to help fend off an invading army, despite the traditional gender roles and customs that dominated her culture. In the song, “Reflection,” Mulan prays for , “that time to come,” when she can “free herself,” from her, “families expectations,” (and societal norms) and finally discover, “someway to be [herself].”
In 2014, this issue is nothing new for Christianity, as the church struggles to defend the importance of the status quo of traditional practices against the truth of God’s universal love for each and every person created in the divine image. In his first letter, the apostle Peter writes, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” Good advice, not only for Mulan, but for us as well, as we search for ways to please a God whose concerns are so different from the world in which we live.
Loving God, we glorify your earnest perception, that cares not for the roles that society deems valuable and acceptable, but rather, looks on our hearts towards our true concerns and passions. Align our hearts with your cares, so that we are concerned less with presenting an outward appearance that society values, and more with an inward character devoted to you. Amen.