What a Disney Song Teaches Us About Our Value

 

Sometimes scripture speaks to us in the most unexpected moments.

Last year, I found myself mesmerized by Maddie Poppe’s folksy version of  Jungle Book’s “Bare Necessities” on American Idol.  https://youtu.be/U8kzof7bb2Y I confess, my love for it resulted in a few replays on youtube.  As I sang along …..

“Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life
With just the bare necessities of life”

It hit me: Hadn’t I heard this message before?

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”   Luke 12:23-25

I have no idea if the scriptural context influenced the writing of the lyrics to the song. Yet, the truth that lies within both births awareness of provision, freedom from human striving, and contentment.

In addition, Baloo happily exhorts his companion Mowgli to share in the feast found in the food sources that have been gifted them in their landscape.

It’s a simple message: find amazement and solace in our needs being met. 

“And don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you”
But here’s the rub: embracing it demands trust in our Creator. 

“For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, strive for his[f] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:30-31.

God’s got this. Do you believe it?

 

This post was written for the Five Minute Friday Writing Community:http://fiveminutefriday.com/

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5 thoughts on “What a Disney Song Teaches Us About Our Value

  1. Jennifer

    I so enjoyed your post….have to admit I have never thought of that Disney song like that before:) And I had never heard the fun, folksy version you shared. I have listened to it – multiple times! Just so catchy:)

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