Recently I had a conversation with someone about how the fairytale concept of “prince saving princess” has changed in Hollywood movies in the last decade or so into “princess safes herself, prince is allowed to watch, appreciate her victory and strength and kiss her in the end”. From being essentially important to the plot, the role of the prince has turned into a nice add on. This is not just a change in movie themes, but actually in how the western culture sees relationships. We have gone from girls depending and planning their whole life on “prince charming” to show up and change all around for the better, to saying “Girl, you are responsible for your own future, fight your fight, enjoy the victory. You can do it.”
I have never been someone in favor of the story of the helpless princess. But is the new concept really better? Don´t we belittle guys if we live as if we don´t need them? Do we girls miss out on being saved? And don´t we forget that the idea of being saved is something that is in the core a biblical concept?
"Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.”
When I think about this, I realize that letting someone safe you is a scary thing. “To trust him enough” is BIG and possibly requires a lot more stamina then trying to save yourself. It does for me. I want to be strong and independent. I do not want to rely on someone else. And I do want to be proud of what I have achieved. And that is the point:
“It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving.”
Oh, and by the way: Living this new life does not mean we are sitting around in the tower doing nothing. Once we are saved – you remember that amazing big step of really trusting – we are partners in crime:
“He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”