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It’s not just a kid’s movie! There are actually 3 HUGE spiritual lessons from Meet the Robinsons that are great for adults and children alike. ?

Special thanks to Jessica Meades for today’s guest post!

Meet the Robinsons is a cute Disney film that came out several years ago. I had seen it before, but it was only recently that I watched it again with fresh eyes. I’ll try not to give too much away for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but no promises. (If you’d like to watch it first and then come back to this post, it’s currently available on Netflix!)

My friend Laura has written about spiritual lessons that we can learn from cartoons with our children, specifically My Little Pony (and MORE My Little Pony!), which is her favorite, and that got me thinking:

Why are certain shows my favorite, and what am I learning from them? What is in them that I should be teaching my children?

(Note from Scattered Woman: Hooray for Cartoon Conversations! ?)

It's not just a kid's movie! There are actually 3 HUGE spiritual lessons from Meet the Robinsons that are great for adults and children alike!

So, here are a few things that I picked up from Meet the Robinsons – that I’ve watched repeatedly – in the last few weeks. (Yes, my children are THAT age, lol!)

3 Spiritual Lessons from Meet the Robinsons

Lesson #1: Forgiveness

Our first lesson comes from the villain of the piece, Bowler Hat Guy. Bowler Hat Guy is a sad individual. He thinks of himself as evil and revels in his badness. His sole goal in life is to destroy the future of Lewis, the young orphan boy who is our protagonist.

Through the course of the film we learn that Bowler Hat Guy had a miserable life all because he chose not to forgive himself for one thing. Instead, he chose to obsess over it, cast blame elsewhere, and let it ruin his life by focusing solely on the past.

Due to his obsession and casting of blame, we find that Bowler Hat Guy is easily manipulated, a mere tool in the hands of the true villain, who does nothing more than use him and then throw him away.

This lesson really resonates with me. I too recently found unforgiveness in my heart. I too found that this choice to not forgive myself left an opening for the enemy of my soul to manipulate.

The big difference for me, though, is this is real. The implications have been staggering. The relationships that I treasure most have been strained and affected for years all because I blamed myself for something I had no control over.

Luckily, God was not about to leave me in that sad state. When I was finally ready to listen, He guided me to the lies I had swallowed. They were painful and buried deep, but they could not stand up to the light of His truth. So, my healing journey began.

Lesson #2: Our Choices Determine Our Future

In stark contrast to our villain stands Lewis, our protagonist, a young boy being raised in an orphanage who wants nothing more than a family to call his own. At the age of 12, Lewis has been through repeated adoption interviews but is continually rejected. Young Lewis determines that the only person who really wants him must be his mother, who dropped him off at the orphanage when he was a baby.

Unfortunately, no one knows who she is, so Lewis determines to invent a machine that will help him recall her face so that he can find her, and they can be a family again. Our young prodigy does indeed invent said machine, but gets sabotaged by the mysterious Bowler Hat Guy, who seems to have traveled back in time from the future.

Through a series of mayhem and adventure Lewis travels to the future and at one point ends up talking to his future self. This is by far one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Lewis asks Future Lewis, “So if I go back to the past this will be my future?”

Future Lewis replies, “If you make the right choices this could be your future. The future isn’t set in stone you know.”

(Quotes may not be exact. I’m going off of memory here – but you get the idea!)

The future isn’t set in stone. Your past doesn’t have to determine your future. Your future is based on the choices that you make here and now.

The future isn't set in stone. Your past doesn't have to determine your future. Your future is based on the choices that you make here and now. Click To Tweet

Wow. That is some amazing spiritual truth packed into a cartoon aimed at children.

But we aren’t time travelers! How are we supposed to know what the future will look like or which choices will lead to the best future?

Take heed my friends, we do have a place we can look to for a peek at the future. God reveals to us, over and over again in the Bible, what our future can look like. We can spend eternity with Him, our loving Father, if we so choose. We can also spend eternity without Him, should we decide to go a different path.

It all comes down to our choice because that is the most amazing power He has given us. No one can choose for us and no one can take our choice away from us. That is an absolute guarantee from the Creator of all things (scary as that can be for parents everywhere).

It's not just a kid's movie! There are actually 3 HUGE spiritual lessons from Meet the Robinsons that are great for adults and children alike!

Lesson #3: Your Dreams Should be Scary Big

At the age of 12, our young Lewis reminds us that we should dream BIG. During an adoption interview, Lewis tells his prospective parents how he plans to change the world.

Lewis dreams of inventing everything from flying cars to a machine that can make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich. His enthusiasm and vision are captivating to the audience, but the adults won’t take the leap and dream with him. Instead, their focus is on more mundane things, like sports.

How often do we do that? Our children come to us with their amazing dreams of changing the world and instead of dreaming with them, we get caught up in the daily grind. Dishes, laundry, school, and soccer practice dominate our thoughts. We tell our children to aim lower so that they won’t get hurt or be disappointed. We redirect them to more practical things.

We take their dreams and in many subtle ways, say they aren’t important or practical or doable. We forget that we once had big dreams too, but somehow, we lost them along the way.

Our Father has big dreams for us. I’m talking Scary Big and Change-the-World Big. We often dream much too small or even not at all.

When is the last time you asked God to show you His dreams? To share them with you so that you could dream them too? When is the last time you remembered back to when you were young, and you wanted to change the world?

Dream big, my friends. If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough. Dare to dream so big that there is no way you can accomplish your dreams without God. And when you find that He makes those dreams a reality, dream bigger!

It's not just a kid's movie! There are actually 3 HUGE spiritual lessons from Meet the Robinsons that are great for adults and children alike!

Bonus Lesson: Celebrate Failure

I know the title says 3 lessons, but I had to sneak this one in because it’s close to my heart. Young Lewis, like so many of us, comes to feel like a failure when his inventions don’t work. Discouraged and depressed, many times he wishes to give up before even trying.

Sound familiar?

Feeling like a failure is a crushing burden, one that makes us just want to quit and walk away. Surely nothing is worth going through such defeat over and over and over again.

And yet… if we were to look through our Father’s eyes there is no failure, and we ourselves are certainly NEVER failures. God turns everything to His purposes, and that means EVERYTHING, especially our perceived failures.

The world will tell us over and over again that we are failures. Our Father calls us to see, not failures, but opportunities to grow. Click To Tweet

This brings to mind another of my favorite scenes from the movie when Lewis attempts to fix a machine. It blows up spectacularly and he starts apologizing. There is stunned silence for a moment and then the cheering begins! Young Lewis is told, “You have failed! From failure we learn, from success. . . not so much.”

The world will tell us over and over again that we are failures. Our Father calls us to see, not failures, but opportunities to grow. He’s our biggest cheerleader, calling out “You can do this, baby. Get back up and try again. You’ve got this!” Every step we take is just an unfolding of His perfect plan.

Read more from Jessica:

What has your child taught you about God lately? Guest Blogger, Jessica Meades, shares with us her top 3 lessons.

 

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2 thoughts on “3 Spiritual Lessons from Meet the Robinsons

  1. I love that movie. My favorite part is in the bonus section where they cheee did his failure. Now that I think of it, I’m not sure my kids have seen the movie. I’ve got to make that a priority in the near future. Can’t wait! Love this piece. Pinning immediately!!

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Brittany! I wasn’t super familiar with it before Jessica offered to do this guest post, but it’s super fun to discover NEW movies to help point us and our kids back to God! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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