Disney’s Frozen hit the box office last November, but its lovable characters and catchy tunes have spun up a cinematic blizzard that continues to take the world by storm. Everywhere I go I find those infamous sisters, Elsa and Anna, smiling back at me. And as for the songs? Well, I don’t need to tell you that every girl in America has these songs memorized, and loves to sing “Let It Go” at the top of their lungs again… and again… and again…
But I’m not bitter. I actually loved this movie, and found it to be a refreshing new spin on the classic Disney formula. The sisters learn that there are different kinds of love, that family can help you through tough times even when romantic interests fizzle out, and most important of all: that nobody is perfect, and that’s okay.
What a vital message for the world of today! In an age where we crop and brush up our photos before posting them online, where dating services promise they can find you the “perfect” match, and where we constantly hop from job to job, from church to church, and from city to city in search of the “perfect” fit, we desperately need to hear that there’s no such thing as perfect.
This theme reverberates throughout the film, and each character learns this important lesson in their own unique way:
Finding it difficult to control her magical ice powers, Elsa hides from the world so no one will discover that she’s not perfect. Later she learns that it’s okay to admit weakness, and to let others know that there are things you need help with.
This sister is on the hunt for a perfect Prince Charming, and believes she has found him. At first the Duke of Weselton seems perfect and polished in every way. Only later does Anna learn that he, too, has deep, dark secrets. She finally figures out that there’s no such thing as a perfect romance, and that it’s okay to fall in love with a “fixer-upper.” Everyone has faults – the key is to find someone with faults you can live with.
I love this guy! He doesn’t have courtly manners, doesn’t have a fine education, and doesn’t have a super impressive job (he sells ice at a time when the world is frozen over) – but in spite of all this, he’s confident and comfortable in his own skin. He allows himself to care for people (and reindeer), and ends up finding happiness.
What child doesn’t love quoting this adorable talking snowman? Olaf has grand dreams of a perfect summer, where he can spend his days tanning on the beach and soaking in a hot tub with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. Of course, these “perfect” dreams will never happen (he is a snowman, after all), but he learns that real life can bring even greater joy than the “perfect” scenarios we dream up for ourselves.
Scripture echoes the lesson that there is no such thing as perfect people. Romans 3:23 says that “All have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory.” We all need Jesus to heal our broken hearts and help us with our faults, and we all need Christian brothers and sisters to help us through life’s journey.
So if you’re walking through life frozen by perfectionism, it’s time to let it go! Perfect people don’t exist… and it’s time to let ourselves, and those we know, off the hook. Instead of looking for perfection in our own lives or the lives of others, we can find it one place: the person of Jesus Christ. Rest in the fact that He never fails, and you may just thaw out enough to truly enjoy life.