Read: “Children’s children are the crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story was conceived by writer/director Brenda Chapman, who drew inspiration from her relationship with her own daughter. (Source: Wikipedia)
Relate: There is this wonderful line in the story which I really liked, “Our fate lives within us, and we can break the tradition, follow our hearts and find love in our hearts in our own time.”
Days before Christmas I’ve been aiming to keep myself busy not only with packing presents and filling my tummy with food (more than usual as of the banquet), but also in writing worthy articles on my blog. Last night I’d been watching movies which inspired me to write reaction with. It is just so amazing that it didn’t air itself on the cable channel by accident. It served its purpose…and it’s so timely.
Just yesterday, I was disappointed with an unmet expectation. I travelled miles away in countryside to celebrate Christmas with my grandparents and relatives and travel other miles away to hurry and grab an opportunity. I had wanted to book myself a ticket to an Asian country. Reason: to give myself a break. Yes, I have a plan and that is to change my fate. Many times in different occasions and for different reasons, I’d asked for a sign but it failed me.
The movie “Brave” which seemed made just for kids had strongly beat me to wake up. I had the pride, the egocentric selfish attitude of portraying my own defined FREEDOM. The princess Merida is a spoiled brat which loved freedom and wanted to find her own fate. Her mom Queen Elinor though is much disciplined queen didn’t gave up on her. She wanted to train her how to become like her—a queen. Thus, her way had squeezed the princess on the neck when she forced her to marry as to follow their tradition. In revenge, she found a witch that made her mom change into a bear. Soon, the queen forgot that she’s a human and that the princess feared her mom with the picture of a beast in front of her. At the end, the love of a mother prevails when she sees her daughter in great danger and the love of a daughter towards her mom made her changed her undesirable attitudes. Both of them are not perfect. They had their own principles, yet had their own flaws. The daughter wanted to push her own ways as a liberated youth and so as the mother being so possessive to her daughter; using much of her power as the queen. Both of them had made a mistake, yet both of them also humble themselves at the end and repent when they learned their lessons the hardest way.
The story had two morale values. First, it showed its viewers how a typical teenage daughters act when they’re being disciplined by their parents. In Proverbs 3: 11-14 God says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”and Proverbs 13: 1 says, “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.”
Second, it also reminded the parents the proper way of discipline. Luke 15:11-24 always inspires us on the story of the prodigal son and on how his father welcomed him back with tender love and mercy.
In addition, here are some helpful bible verses for parents on “How to raise a child” (source: OpenBible.info)
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.
I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”