Lessons from The Lion King

I have to admit, my family may be one of the biggest Disney families of all-time (despite being a family of 5 boys!).  We love the “magic” and “fantasy” of it all and very much enjoyed our vacations to Disney World growing up.

Personally, my all-time favorite Disney movie is without a doubt The Lion King.  As a kid, I was very much into animals and when Lion King came out, I was obsessed.  My favorite characters for some reason were the hyenas.  I thought they were hilarious!  Ed (the hyena with the tongue sticking out) never ceased to make me laugh and I really thought it was funny when they fell into the thorn patch and had thorns stuck in their butts!

One thing I didn’t realize growing up is that there are actually valuable life lessons one can learn from The Lion King.  I want to share with you the one I found to be most impactful on my own life…

The following video shows Simba (who has run away from his problems and has failed to become the king he’s supposed to be) rediscovering his father Mufasa, who was murdered earlier in the movie.

Mufasa is most disappointed with Simba for forgetting who he is and what he is supposed to do.  Simba has lost sight of the purpose of his life out of fear, causing Mufasa to proclaim:

“You are MORE than what you have become!”

This message can apply to our own lives in a very strong way.  Think about your life right now and think about who you wanted to become as a child.

“Are you MORE than what you have become?”

Think about God’s calling in your life and the purpose He has for you.  Think about those who look up to you and are counting on you for leadership and guidance in their own lives.

“Are you MORE than what you have become?”

I find myself asking these questions of my own life and I’ve come to one conclusion:  I don’t want to look back at my life when I’m old and say, “Wow, I’m MORE than what I’ve become!”

Could there be a worse regret?

How do we go about ensuring we become ALL we were meant to become?  It’s actually quite simple:  Follow the One who created you with all of your heart and He’ll reveal to you His perfect plan for your life.  Why risk living for anything less?

“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”–Isaiah 58:11

Hakuna Matata!


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