Little girls are born with royalty in their hearts. From their beautiful dresses and jewels to the elegance and grace of their tea parties, the daughter’s desire is clear. She innately longs to be valued and cherished, set aside as special and one of a kind. Our little girls are captivated by the princess’ status of “dearly loved.” They dream and pretend in a perfectly beautiful world of castles and princes.
Like a lost princess in a foreign land, it’s as if they were born knowing that they come from royalty, and they were meant to wear a crown. However, this foreign land is a hostile one, and it not only tries to strip the princess of her crown, but it attempts to make her forget who she is, where she comes from, and ultimately, who her Father is. And there lies a battle of worlds for this princess’ heart.
We are living in a time in this country when the foreign land’s ways seem to be winning. The pawns in the war were sent into the media as vulgarities and promiscuity to offend the people of God and drive them away. While many retreated to the safety of their own fortresses, the enemy besieged the megaphone of influence – the media. Promiscuity grew and slowly started targeting the youth, telling these princesses that their true worth is determined by how they use their bodies.
“Those people are zealous to win you over…” (Galatians 4:17), so they concealed their motives behind a mask of partying, countless friends, and a “good time.” The zealousness for them attracts the princesses because it plays on her heart’s longing to be passionately sought after and devoted to. But their zealousness is “for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them” (Galatians 4:17). Their efforts have been working and many princesses have forgotten whose child they really are.
Before she knows it, she loses the castle she always dreamed of, and instead gets one that is empty and dark, filled with fear of rejection and loneliness. The prince disappears and is replaced with pimps, players and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Beauty is replaced by sexy. No longer is she special with a mind, heart, and soul. Now, she is just a body.
Yet, placed inside each young girl’s heart is the proclaiming truth that she belongs to royalty. While the land she has entered knows not and cares not of her Father, she can hold tightly to who her heart says she is–a daughter of the King of kings, His “treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 7:6), and the “apple of His eye” (Psalm 17:8). And to the princesses who, for a time, forgot this truth, she can turn her heart back to her Father and run fearlessly and without blame into her Father’s loving arms.
“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)