We are the chosen ones

I love Disney movies. Pretty much all of them. They are the ones that I will go out and buy because I want to have the freedom of watching them whenever I fancy. The newest, Moana, did not disappoint me. It was theatric, strong, and gorgeously animated with music that—I’m a little embarrassed to admit—can make me tear up. I wouldn’t call it Disney’s very best, but it definitely ranks high on my personal list of favorites (ranked by how many times I can watch it and not get sick of it).

While listening to the soundtrack in my van (wow…if you didn’t know I was a mom of littles before, you certainly do from that statement), one of the songs (I am Moana [Song of the Ancestors])  finally struck me as to why this movie made an impact. It’s about being chosen for something greater than oneself. It is about overcoming insurmountable odds to accomplish something great—heroic even. It focuses on both the longing to find out who we are on our own and still appreciating where we are and who came before us—inevitably shaping us.

This is the thing: we all have an innate longing to be chosen. We want to be wanted—needed even. We want to be hand-selected and set apart. Stories like Moana prove this.

This is yet another reason why the story of redemption through Jesus is so beautiful and poignant. Ephesians 1 tells us the promise that is available to us: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4, NIV)

BEFORE the world was created. BEFORE the sun brought light to a shapeless form that would become our temporary home. Before everything, God already chose you. He hand selected you for something that is greater than you could ever do on your own. He chose you to belong to Him and to live your life to bring Him glory.

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:11-12, NIV)

A better storyline than any animator could imagine or artist could render. Your life—my life—has great purpose. But until we recognize the one who gave us that purpose we will be adrift at sea, floating aimlessly along with the cultural tides. This storyline runs on into eternity, with great plot twists and heroic voyages, but we have to be brave enough to claim it as our own.

Now if only I could get the soundtrack to this story…

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