Have you ever discovered hidden spiritual parallels in your child’s favorite cartoons? If you’re looking for a great way to help your kids find God in everyday life, be sure to check out these 3 Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony!
We talked a while back about the 3 Spiritual Lessons I learned from watching My Little Pony with my daughter. And today, we’ve got 3 MORE Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony for you!
It’s always amazing how God decides to show up and teach us through modern-day entertainment. What I’ve been thinking about a lot lately has to do with the concept of the “cutie mark” in My Little Pony — and all 3 of today’s lessons come from this one foundational aspect of the show.
The basic idea of a cutie mark is that it’s a cute, little symbol on a pony’s flank that represents her special talent, what she is meant to do with her life. Ponies are born with “blank flanks” (no cutie mark) and have to figure out what they’re good at before it will appear.
Getting a cutie mark is a BIG deal for the ponies!
In my mind, earning a cutie mark is similar to our discovering our purpose or our calling in life, unearthing hidden talents and gifts meant to be shared with the world. And when we think about cutie marks in that light, they have MUCH to teach us about our own gifts and the God who gives them to us.
Lesson #1: God gives each of us unique gifts & abilities with which we are to serve the world around us.
In My Little Pony, cutie marks symbolize a pony’s unique talents. It’s a visual representation of the innate gifts they are designed to bring into the world, the role that only SHE can fill.
Aren’t we ALL looking for our “cutie marks”?
A huge part of my work with Scattered Woman is helping women figure out how to make sense of their scattered pasts and move into a purposeful future. Whether I’m helping a mom with career exploration or writing her resume, it’s all about taking her experiences, the things in her life that have shaped her skills, passions, interests, and creating a mosaic that is completely unique to her. Helping her discover HER unique gifts and calling. The things that only SHE can offer the world around her.
I love that while we’re watching My Little Pony, my daughter is soaking up that God gives each of us a “special talent,” as the ponies put it. As I watch my girl dance and play in her made-up pony world, I envision the day she will discover her own “cutie mark,” and I can’t WAIT to see what it is!
The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.
~ 1 Corinthians 12:7 (GNT) ~
Lesson #2: Every calling is important and valuable.
One awesome thing about cutie marks is that EVERYONE’s cutie mark is celebrated, and everyone is valued for what they bring to the community. Whether they’re doctors, teachers, farmers, bakers, or entrepreneurs, we never experience ponies being looked down on because of their cutie marks.
Because of their poor choices? Yes. But never because of who they were CREATED to be.
Even if the pony’s cutie mark is a barbell, he’s riddled with muscles, seemingly dumb as a rock, and holds multiple dead-end jobs, he is treated with just as much respect and dignity as the princesses and well-to-do business owners.
Teaching our children to always treat others with respect — regardless of their age, race, religion, lifestyle, intellect, or abilities — is a HUGE part of raising productive, Christ-like global citizens. If we can get a little help instilling that virtue in our kids through their favorite cartoon, I’m calling that a win!
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
~ Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) ~
Lesson #3: Our calling will appear at the proper time.
Cutie marks appear only at the right time. For the three Cutie Mark Crusaders, that right time feels like it will NEVER come. They spend SO MUCH TIME trying to FORCE their cutie marks to appear, but it never works.
Everyone keeps telling them that cutie marks just appear when they’re supposed to, when they finally figure out what they’re good at. They just need to relax, focus on the things they already enjoy and are naturally good at, and the revelation will come in time.
So like us! Our callings, our giftedness, rarely come out because we’re trying to force it to happen. We can try every activity under the sun, but until we spend time doing ONE thing, something we truly enjoy, something God blesses us in, we’re never going to actually SEE how He has gifted us.
Discovering our calling takes time and patience. God reveals to us our calling when we’re ready to handle it.
We also have to actually spend time practicing the various tasks that interest us, so we can master them. Our calling could be something that doesn’t come naturally or instantly but with a lot of hard work!
Side note: This lessons could also be titled, “We can’t rush God’s timing — much as we may want to!” Remember my Lesson in Faith? Our timetable is so rarely in line with God’s!
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
~ Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV) ~
Can you believe all those lessons come from watching My Little Pony??
It’s still amazing to me all the spiritual lessons we’re able to pull out and teach our children from a TV show. But, God truly does reveal Himself in every way He possibly can. He WANTS our children’s hearts, and I’m so thankful He is gracious enough to give us ample opportunities to point them to Him!
If your kiddos are into My Little Pony, what other spiritual lessons have you gleaned from watching it with them? Are there other shows we should add to our Cartoon Conversations list?
I’d love to hear your stories in the comments!
As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.