Learn from Simba

“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works”   Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

My fourth child approached me to ask if we could rent “The Lion King” movie sometime. At that point I realized how older parents tend to neglect their youngest. They get more stuff, yet less attention.

Anyway, we sat down one evening to watch. Something that hit me was how the King’s son, Simba, was so riddled with the guilt of his fathers death that he quit. He ran away and found some friends who taught him about ‘Hakuna Matata’, which means a lifestyle of no worries, nothing really matters, avoid responsibility at all cost, pleasure, feel good, escape stress…

While watching this I was thinking how this sounded familiar, especially since I just ended a four day eating/TV fest over my Thanksgiving vacation.

Then Simba realized he was needed as the King of a failing kingdom. He was needed to do what he was created to do. It meant work and responsibility. He debated, then went back to fulfill his calling. Gratification, personal blessing, others blessed, and a sense of worth came over the young heir of the throne.

We were created to do good works. We can start asking God to use us. Then watch what He puts in our path. Then we begin to not just ask to be used, we search for others needs and opportunities to help. What follows is a gratification and that all important sense of worth that we so desperately need.


Heavenly Father, don’t allow my guilt to stop me from doing good works. Thank You that I can confess and start over. Bring opportunities my way to help others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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