2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day 20
Song #21 – “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – Toy Story
Disney’s “Toy Story,” produced by Pixar in 1995, was Disney’s first ever full length, computer animated film. While not a musical, per se, it did take home the Academy Award for Best Song, Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” the perfect buddy song for the relationship between Woody, the old toy cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, the new toy space cadet. The song defines friendship as self-sacrificial and loving, singing, “when the road looks rough ahead…there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you,” and that no one, “will ever love you the way that I do.”
The author of the Gospel of John must have had a similar definition for friendship in mind because it is Jesus himself who offers a similar description. In John 15:15, he tells his disciples, “I have called you friends,” (CEB). Earlier, in verse 13, he proves he is faithful even to Randy Newman’s definition of friendship, saying, “No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends,” (CEB). There truly is nothing that Jesus wouldn’t do for us. Few of us have experienced earthly friends that are so committed, and perhaps that is why Christ is justified in his one condition in verse 14, “You are my friends if you do as I command you,” (CEB).
Friendly Savior, we waste so much time searching for relationships on this earth based on false precepts when we should be seeking to deepen our relationship with you. Bless us with pure friendships here on earth, so that we might taste the love you continually offer us. Amen.