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What the Little Mermaid Taught Me about Being a Daughter of Eve…

August 11, 2017


“You want thingamabobs? I’ve got 20, but who cares, no big deal, I WANT MORE… I want to be where the people are, want to see, want to see them dancing…”

Growing up my mother would make me sing Disney princess songs for guests who came over. We would laugh until our bellies hurt because I would act out the songs in the most dramatic way possible as I sang them. Her favorite song we’d would sing was the theme song to “The Little Mermaid”. It was quite the sight. This morning while getting ready for work I started singing that familiar tune. I realized as I sang the words that they taught me my worldview and shaped my truth as a little girl. This truth is actually complete and utter lies disguised as self-actualization in its most twisted form.

In Genesis 3 we see our first mother, Eve, deceived by the enemy. She believed that God was withholding something good from her by telling her that she was not to eat of the tree. She wanted something more. She had all the fruit she could ever want at her finger tips and taste buds, but that wasn’t enough… she probably sang the same song Ariel did, “You want fruit galore, I got plenty, but who cares, no big deal, I WANT MORE…” She wanted more… We all want more. Replaying that song in my head and thinking of all Ariel left to fulfill the desires of her flesh (wanting to have legs rather than the way she was created), desires of the eyes (she wanted to SEE all the things that she thought was being withheld from her), and the pride of life (she genuinely believed that what was under the sea was not enough for her… she didn’t care about what she HAD, it was about what she COULDN’T have that consumed her), my heart sank. We’re inundating ourselves with the world’s doctrine, and it starts early in a little girl’s life. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie when I was little. I still do. But I can’t help but be saddened by the message it sends about the heart of a woman that is desperately wicked. Yea, sure she gets the Prince in the end. But that’s all temporary…

“So it is for us women to receive the given as Mary did, not to insist on the not-given, as Eve did.” -Elisabeth Elliot

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