A couple of months ago, I took the kids I nanny to see Rise of the Guardians. It’s a movie about all the mythical characters we know as kids — Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sand Man — and Jack Frost, who gets commissioned by “the Man in the Moon” to join forces with them as a Guardian.
You might be wondering what they are guardians of, if you’ve never seen or heard of this movie. They guard the joy of the children around the world, by protecting their dreams, wonder, memories and hope. And, (spoiler alert) when Jack is added into the mix, by protecting their fun.
All of this they’re protecting from the evil villain of the movie: Pitch Black. Otherwise known as the Boogie Man. He’s on a mission to rob the children of their joy by placing fear in them. It’s crazy how much revelation can be had from this movie. It was one of my favorites that I’ve seen in a while.
So the main plot is this — the Guardians come together to protect the joy of the children, by fighting fear with hope, dreams, wonder, good memories, and fun. But there’s a story within the story that I think we can all relate to: the story of Jack Frost.
Jack doesn’t really know who he is. He doesn’t know what his purpose is. Nobody can see him, because nobody believes in him. So when he’s summoned to become a Guardian with all the legends of mythical characters, he is unsure of his purpose. Kids believe in all the other guys, but they don’t even know who he is. So one day Santa (whose name is “North” in the movie) pulls him into his office to talk to him.
North starts to tell Jack who he is. He asks him what he sees when he looks at him, and then he hands him a Russian nested doll (an excellent reference to the way the film makers are playing on the Russian myths of who Santa is in his character) to illustrate the different “layers” of who he is. When Jack gets to the very center, he finds a wooden baby with wide eyes. North tells Jack that this is his center — Wonder.
He goes on to ask Jack what his center is, and Jack tells North he doesn’t know. North tells him there has to be something. The Man in the Moon wouldn’t have put him where he is, and made him who he was, if there wasn’t something special inside of him. Something the children of the world needed.
I think if we’re all honest, we can relate to Jack. We get thrown into places and scenarios that we feel inadequate for. We don’t know what our purpose is, or what’s inside of us that is special enough to make us significant. We don’t know what’s at our center that makes us uniquely necessary for the advancement of the kingdom. And I think, at times, we all need a North to tell us that there’s something in us the world needs. God wouldn’t have made us who we are and brought us to where we are if there wasn’t something inside of us that people need.
So, what’s your center? I dare you to search and find it. Somebody needs what’s inside of you.
I tried to find this scene in better quality, but this is the only place I could find the right clip. Watch it anyway. It’s so good!