2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 35
Song #6 – “The Bare Necessities” – The Jungle Book
Few of Disney’s characters are as universally well-loved as The Jungle Book’s delightfully charismatic, carefree vagrant, Baloo. While his propensity towards good times often gets him in trouble, and is clearly irksome to some of the more straight-pawed characters such as Bagheera, Baloo shows a genuine regard for the well being of young Mowgli, even taking the man cub under his wing for a short, if not eventful, period.
While Timon and Pumba may have encouraged a young lion to a lifestyle free of any worries, Baloo’s sentiment is a little more refined, as he explains to Mowgli that there are only a few things in life worth worrying about. If anything, Baloo’s ballad is a testament to his faith, saying, “look for the bare necessities,” only to confidently proclaim that, “the bare necessities of life will come to you.” Jesus Christ often preached on ridding our life of worries and placing our trust in God. However, even Jesus Christ had his own bare necessities to ask for, as he prayed in Matthew 6:11, “Give us the bread we need for the day,” (CEB). Jesus teaches that we don’t need to ask for much, but we all share the same basic needs. Instead, a life of simplicity and contentment with what God has to offer is a cornerstone of the Christian faith.
Generous God who provides, decrease our desires so that our satisfaction with all you have already given us might increase. In our world where pride is found in excess, teach us to be content with little, so that all can have access to basic needs. We hunger only for your daily bread. Feed us. Amen.