main idea: You live when you discover the “centre” of who you are.

Through the movie Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) is asked to join the Guardians (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Sandman and the Tooth Fairy) to protect the children of the world, especially against Pitch Black aka The Boogeyman. What keeps each guardian alive is children’s belief in them; once they stop believing, the guardians seize to exist. Jack however has never been acknowledged by any child nor does he know where he came from. Santa challenges him to discover what his “centre” is i.e. his essence.

Two things move Jack to accept the challenge of being a guardian: 1. Jamie (a little boy) acknowledges Jack’s existence and thus is now seen by children (a deep longing Jack had since he could remember) and 2. he discovers that his “centre” i.e. what makes him unique in what he offers is fun. When he discovers this, he’s able to take his talents/gifts and use them in who he was meant to be. The same can be said about our identity in Jesus, seeing who we really are in conjunction with what the Spirit has gifted us with.

Other key elements:

  • Fear can be conquered when we are willing to face it head on.
  • We all want to be seen i.e. we all have the longing to be known by others (not necessarily as a celebrity but by those we value).