Grace Kelly was a real life Cinderella. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, she headed to New York after high school and made her Broadway debut in 1949. Then Kelly starred in a string of hit Hollywood movies with male co-stars such as Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, and Frank Sinatra.
But for all her worldly success, after five years in Hollywood, Grace Kelly was ready to leave. This quote came from an online bio:
“I hated Hollywood. It’s a town without pity. I know of no other place in the world where so many people suffer from nervous breakdowns, where there are so many alcoholics, neurotics, and so much unhappiness.”
Then in 1955, Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco when she attended the Cannes Film Festival. The couple married the next year. They had three children, including the heir to the throne.
Real Life Princess
Many of us not only pretended to be princesses when we were girls, we also dreamed of being real princesses one day. We dreamed of being swept off our feet like Grace Kelly by a real prince who would take us away to live happily ever after.
If you are a Christian, if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you are a princess. You have been adopted by His Father. You are a daughter of the King of Kings.
For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and good will. Ephesians 1:4-5, NIV
Before Christ saved us we were under the rule of the Prince of Darkness. We were in bondage to sin and under the power of death. But God reached out with His powerful hand and snatched us away from the darkness. He swept us off our feet and joyfully brought us into His Kingdom of Light.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Eph 1:13-14, NIV
Privilege and Responsibility
When Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco she entered a life of privilege and royalty. Yet with it came great responsibility. She was expected to produce an heir to the throne. She had to leave things from her previous life behind. No more acting for Kelly, in fact, the Prince banned her movies in Monaco. Kelly was no longer Grace the actress, she was Princess Grace, wife of the ruler of Monaco and the mother of the heir to the throne. She was the representative of her people and her country to the world. She had to act like the princess she was.
If you are a Christian, then you are a princess. A daughter of the King. The bride of His Son, Jesus. Being daughters of the King bring great blessings that are eternal. However our status also comes with great responsibilities. As Kingdom princesses, we are called to shine our Father’s light to a dark world. What a privilege! What a great responsibility!
Are you taking your role as a Kingdom princess seriously? Share some of the privileges you enjoy and the responsibilities you embrace!