2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 22
Song #19 – “I Wanna Be Like You” – The Jungle Book
Due to some darker material in Rudyard Kipling’s synonymous book, “The Jungle Book” almost never made it to the silver screen based on some of Walt Disney’s reservations. However, with essentially a completely rewritten, more family oriented script, the film about the young boy raised by wolves, panthers, and bears was released in 1967 and was subsequently the last film Walt Disney ever produced himself.
The song sung by the ape, King Louie, may be about his desire for Mowgli to teach him how to make, “man’s read fire,” but at its heart, the lyrics sing to a more universal sentiment. “I wanna be like you…I wanna walk like you, talk like you too.” How often do we look at others in envy and sing the same song? In King Louie’s case, it’s a song about an ape wanting to “learn to be human,” but as for us “humans,” we should constantly be striving to be more like Christ. Paul exhorts this in Philippians 2:5, “Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus,” (CEB) in this case, modeling humility, service, and sacrifice. When we can do that, we’ll be less like apes, and more like God.
Humble Savior, we desire a heart like yours, full of self-sacrifice and service to others, but too often our human nature gets in the way. Teach us to be more like you, walking like you, talking like you, and most of all, loving like you. Amen.