The Pretentious Princess©

Proverbs 31:30 “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth The LORD, she shall be praised.”
Proverbs 31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
 
What more could a girl want? To live in a beautiful castle and have anything your heart desired. This was the life that Emily the Princess of Prance lived day after day. The view from her bedroom window would just about take a person’s breath away with its beauty, but Emily hadn’t enjoyed it for quite awhile. The princess had closets and closets full of the most beautiful clothes and shoes, some were still in the packages. Her cell phone had so much bling and she changed the ring tone once a day to keep from getting bored. But that was the problem, Emily, the Princess of Prance, was bored. All the royal family instructed her to never act as though she were bored, always smile. “ I don’t feel like smiling.” the princess would reply. “Then pretend you’re happy and smile anyway.” was the answer she always received.

Much favor was shown to the princess by many because of her position, so each day she had parties to attend and people to meet; there were luncheons to host and charity events to support. However, at the end of the day, she sat exhausted and alone on her throne, with a sad, empty heart. Her face hurt from smiling so much. “I wish I didn’t have to pretend. I wish I was really happy.” In her heart she knew that something was missing. “Perhaps a new cell phone will make me feel better or some more jewelry.” she thought as she picked up some catalogs. “Or maybe that dress I’ve been admiring. Surely that will satisfy me.” As Emily glanced through the catalog, she could hear a familiar noise in the hallway..singing. “Megan must be here.” She said to herself. “When she comes in I’ll ask her what she thinks about the dress. She always tells me the truth.”

Megan was one of the little maids who came to the castle after school to assist the princess. Usually she would tidy the princess’ room and clean a bit, but mostly Emily just wanted to talk. You could say that the princess, even though she was with hundreds of people a day, was lonely. Princess Emily learned that Megan was a loyal friend, someone she could trust and with whom she need not be pretentious. But most of all, she liked being with Megan because she was always so happy. The princess often wondered how a common girl could be so happy.

“Hi, Megan.” greeted the princess as Megan poked her head in the door. The little maid’s hands were full of clutter that was picked up from the hallway. Princess Emily instructed her to place the things on her dressing table and have a seat. Megan knew what that meant, the princess wanted to talk. Megan didn’t mind at all, she saw how sad the princess was at times, and had prayed many times for her.

As she sat next to the princess, Megan saw the catalog and asked, “What are you looking at?”

“This dress..what do you think, Megan?” asked the princess.
“Wow! It’s nice but, Princess Emily..you have so many dresses that you haven’t worn yet.” The little maid stated.
“Well, then what do you think of this cell phone?” the princess asked as she grabbed the catalog to show her.
“It’s nice, but Princess..” Megan began.

“I know..I just bought one.” A tear could be seen trickling down the face of this sad princess. She quickly wiped it away and decided to ask a question that had been on her mind for a long time. She thought it was the right time.

She looked at her loyal friend and asked, “Megan, how is it that you seem so happy? You come here to work and while you work, you’re singing. Your father works very hard as a baker and your mother cares for your sick brother at home. Things seem so easy for me but so many times, I only pretend to be happy. Are you pretending, too?”
This was the opportunity that the little maid awaited. She collected her thoughts briefly and answered the question as honestly as she knew how. “It’s true, Princess, my little brother is sick. That’s why I’ve been coming to help you. The money that I receive helps buy the medicine he needs.”

“You mean you have to give it to your parents?” Emily seemed upset as she asked.
“No, I don’t have to, I want to.” Megan replied. “And I like coming here to talk with you and to help.”
“You do?” The Princess of Prance asked, a little amazed.
“Sure.” Megan answered another question by stating, “ And my dad enjoys being a baker.”
“So you’re not pretending; you’re really happy?” the princess asked as she stared into Megan’s eyes.
Megan took courage as she began to tell the pretentious princess why she is so happy.

“Yes, I’m really happy and here’s why. Last year I heard that Jesus loves me even though I have done some things that do not please Him. I was told that He came and paid for my sins on the cross. He wore a crown, but not like your sparkly one. His was a crown of thorns, the people did this to Him as a way of making fun of Him because they didn’t believe He was a real King. He died, was buried and came back to life, ascended into Heaven, so that I could live with Him, if I accepted this precious gift of forgiveness. I knew that I was a sinner and needed a clean, happy heart so I prayed and asked God to forgive my sins and live with me. Since that day I have been so happy and it’s because I know that one day, I will be with Jesus..I guess you can say that I have peace.”

“Yes, and that’s something that no amount of money can buy.” The princess acknowledged.
“Oh, and you know something else?” the brave little maid asked. “I also heard that Jesus is now preparing a beautiful place for me in Heaven. One day, I can live in a place like yours..but maybe without the dust and clutter.” She said as they both chuckled.
“That’s it, isn’t it? You have peace and that makes you happy.” Emily stated. “That’s what I need..peace.”
“You can have it, too. The Bible tells us that whoever calls on The Lord will be saved.” Megan squinted her eyes as she concentrated on quoting the verse. “Do you know that, even though you are a very good person, you are a sinner?” (Romans “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”)

The princess bowed her head and whispered “Yes. I know that I have done some things that do not please God.”

“Then you are ready to talk to God. Although He hates the sin, He loves you and is listening.” (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”) (Romans 10:13 “Whosoever shall call upon the name of The Lord shall be saved.”)
Together, they bowed their heads and hearts while the princess asked God to forgive her, clean her heart and give her joy and peace like He did for her special friend Megan. She asked God to forgive her for being so selfish and self-centered and asked Him to help her learn how to help others. Before Emily was finished praying, she thanked God for loving her and sending Jesus to pay for her sins. After she finished praying, the two girls hugged each other, and for the first time in a long, long time, Princess Emily had a real smile on her face!

“My heart is so happy!” she said. “Thank you, Megan, for being my friend.”
Megan was just as happy and it took her no time at all to finish her duties in the castle that day. Before leaving, she instructed the princess to read the Bible that was so nicely displayed in the den. “You can start in the book of John if you like.” “Oh, and I made myself a blessing box. I write down blessings on a piece of paper and when I’m sad, I open it up and read them. I’m reminded of the good things that God has done for me and my heart is happy again.” As goodbyes were said, Emily liked the idea of the blessing box and assured her friend that she would read The Bible.

Each day as Megan came to help in the castle, she could see changes in the princess, she wasn’t so selfish and was genuinely happy. They had so much more to talk about now.

One day, a knock came to Megan’s door. It was the princess. She brought some things to share with her friend..new dresses..shoes and other things that she knew she would probably never use. After a nod of approval from the queen and Emily’s mother, the little maid thanked God and the princess for these blessings.
Now both girls were members of the same royal family, God’s family. Megan continued to go to the castle and help Princess Emily and Princess Emily continued to help others in need, no longer having an empty spot in her heart. God filled it with His love. Each girl had beauty and value..not because of what was on the outside, but because of Who was living on the inside.

One day, The King of Kings will return for His family. If you have not already done so, you can prepare now to meet Him by doing what Princess Emily did..admitting that you are a sinner; believing the good news of the gospel; and asking Him to forgive you and live within. And whether or not you have a crown to wear down on this earth, remember, if you are faithful in your service for Him after salvation, you will receive one in Heaven. Live for eternity.
 
1John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of The Father is not in him.”
1John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
Proverbs 31:30 “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth The LORD, she shall be praised.”
Proverbs 31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
 
The emphasis of this story is that, whether rich or poor, common or royalty, inner beauty is evident when we are in Christ and seen by one’s service out of our love for Him.
 
Ideas:

A girl’s tea party can be the setting for this story..crafts can be made and finger foods can be served.
The girls can make their own crown by using the printed sheet included
A blessing box can be made by using most any container and having the girls decorate it with paint..notions..rhinestones..etc.. Small slips of paper can be precut and placed inside the finished box, to record blessings from The Lord.

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