(I couldn't get this picture any larger, but you get the idea.)OK, so what really touched me was two-fold: 1. My blonde little granddaughter, who is ALL girl, decided she wanted to "be" Princess Tiana...wearing the plain green dress, not the little blonde girl wearing the princess dress. 2. That she pointed and said, "The girl with the green dress", not the "black girl".
She ALWAYS wants to be one of the characters in a movie. So I asked her, "Wouldn't you rather be Princess Lottie?" to which she simply said, "no" and when I asked her why, she said, "Cause Princess Tiana is nice, Nana, and she's pretty!"
It made me stop and realize, once again, how amazing kids are. They have NO barriers when they meet people. They have no concept of bias or prejudice, of black or white. They base beauty on character, not appearance. Perhaps their innocence shields them from the ugliness of these most harmful feelings!
In Matt 18:4 it says, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." I have always thought that I understood why the Lord tells us this, but yesterday I was reminded and shown the importance and power of that one scripture.
Alakina loves Tiana. She has NEVER mentioned that she is black! She mentioned several times that she wants to "be her" for Halloween. Now she wants a Princess and the Frog birthday party and she has made it very clear that SHE wants to be Princess Tiana at her party!
So today on this "Thankful Thursday" I am thankful for the perfect example of Christ-like love that a precious, perfect little 3 year old showed me and for her beautiful "Innocence" that radiates from her amazing little spirit!