Celebrating Gifts From God

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Celebrating Gifts From God
Lessons Learned from Miguel in ‘Coco’

By Cloei

“Coco” is such an inspiring and fun movie. It has vibrant color, music that makes you want to dance, lots of artistic detail, and multiple life lessons. I obviously don’t want to be a spoiler, but Miguel, the main character, loves music. His family has forbidden it ever since a relative walked away from the family to pursue music. Miguel privately plays guitar and sings by himself because he knows that’s what he is made to do. His family wants him to be a shoemaker to keep the family tradition, but Miguel resists and runs away. That’s all I’m going say, but even in this super fun and exciting movie, you can still see from a different perspective that we truly are made to do what the Lord has put in us by pursuing what we love.

Sometimes it’s hard to notice and realize when there’s something God has put in us to do that can be inspiring to others for His glory. Exodus 35:31-32 says “And He has filled him with the Spirit of God with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artsy designs, to work in gold silver and bronze.” I love this verse because it shows all the little things that God put in us and how special we are to Him. Those desires that we wake up wanting to do and get better at it are the things that Jesus blessed us with. Sharing those gifts make Him so happy and shows Him that you want to bless and glorify Him. I, have struggled a lot with telling myself that the things I do are just for fun and to do around the house. I’m definitely not saying that’s a bad thing at all, but sometimes we can close off our mind and are not open to see what the Lord can do through that. Whether you’re only a teen like me or in your 80’s, God still can use you to touch people’s lives.

One great life lesson I got out of watching this amazing movie is that although we need to respect our family roots, God has given us a creative passion and gift that we need to share and do. Use the gifts you have NOW because as you grow in your relationship with the Lord and get older, the Lord will show you new things in your life that you can do even greater things in.