Pulling Off The Labels

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Pulling Off The Labels
Lessons Learned from Alice in Wonderland

By Marissa

Hello Marked Ministry Tweens! It’s Marissa and I am super excited we are partnering with For Girls Like You Magazine! This month’s topic is all about life lessons. But even better, it’s based off of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland! So, let’s hop right to it!

If you have ever read the book or watched the movie, you would understand that on numerous occasions Alice gets called different names. Even though the whole dream for Alice was very confusing to her, the living things and creatures tend to label Alice with their insults such as a monster, weed, etc. For example, in the movie, when Alice encounters the flowers, they believe that she is a weed, so Alice is kicked out of their garden. Offended by their insults, Alice continues on her journey to find the White Rabbit with a small attitude.

A verse that I found in Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you not will be judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you will use, it will be measured to you.” This means that if you judge, you too will be judged. Alice gets misjudged by the flowers because they called her a weed. The flowers judged Alice and so she got defensive of herself. This is like what happens in life and I want to let you know, that no matter what people think of you, don’t listen to them and focus on the fact that God calls you sons and daughters of the King. We need to be careful that we don’t label people and also that we don’t let others’ view of us define who we are. The more that we spend time in the Bible, the more we believe and trust who God says we are. Alice was called a monster because they didn’t know what she was. God knows who you are!! The Creator who knows everything about you is the one we need to listen to because He knows us and loves us.

The Bible warns us about the power of the tongue. Words can cause damage and it is our job to make sure that our words are uplifting and positive. If you ever come across someone who is rude and you have an urge to use negative words, remember these five phrases:

  1. T- Is it True?
  2. H- Is it Helpful?
  3. I- Is it Important?
  4. N- Is it Necessary?
  5. K- Is it Kind?

If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t say what you are about to say. Always remember 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.”