I think my favourite movie of last year would definitely have to be the film BoxTrolls, it is absolutely hilarious. Me and Joe went to watch it while on our honeymoon, then we preordered it so we could watch it again as soon as it come out on DVD! If you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should.
There is a lot that can be learnt from this movie such as: it is absolutely never a good idea to spend town funds to purchase a giant cheese rather than build a new orphanage; and if you happen to go a ball it is polite to kiss a ladies hand and not lick it, it is also essential to ensure the lady is, in fact, a lady, and not a man.
Whilst all these messages are very important they are not what I want to focus on.
The movie is based around misunderstood little creatures who live under the city, called box trolls. Each box troll has a little box that they always where, a bit like a tortious shell.
The box trolls are totally defined by this box. If the box once contained sardines, then that box troll is called sardines, if it once contained shoes, then the box troll who wears that box is called shoes. Their boxes are everything to them. They sleep in them and, when they are scared, hide themselves in them, leaving them to go unnoticed.
There is a scene in the movie where the bad guys have stacked up all the little box trolls, in their boxes, under a giant crusher! This scene is incredibly tense as we know the box trolls will not leave their boxes and will inevitably get crushed and die!
Our boy hero, Eggs, steps in, along with his crazy father, to convince the box trolls to do the thing they’re most scared of: leave their boxes behind, sneak out the back, and find their freedom.
Why is it that those little trolls were so scared to leave their boxes behind, even though they were going to die if they stayed in them?
I think it may be because they let their boxes define them, even though they were ultimately going to lead them to their death.
This is something we can all relate to so well, because it is something humans are so good at doing.
We let so many things define us: our postcode, job, relationship status and even the stuff we own. Although these things, in themselves, aren’t bad, when we let them define us, they can lead to destruction. We believe that these are the things that make us who we are, even if they are destructive. Even if we know God is telling us to give some of them up.
We were all born with a need to be defined by something, and that is not a bad thing. God put that desire in us. It is what we choose to be defined by that can make or break us. If we choose to be defined by the wrong things we can become slaves to them, no longer free.
The only way we can become truly free is when we are no longer defined by the things of the Earth, but let ourselves instead be defined by Christ.
If we truly know who are in Christ, that is when we will know true freedom.
All of these statements are taken from the Freedom in Christ course, which is well worth doing, if you get the chance.