Feed the Birds

When the Sherman Brothers previewed all the songs they had composed for the making of Mary Poppins, Walt Disney chose one song to represent what the musical was all about: Feed the Birds[1].

Not what would later be the famous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, nor the award winning Chim Chim Cher-ee.  It wasn’t what would become a catchphrase Spoonful of Sugar or the uplifting Let’s Go Fly a Kite.  Rather, it was the somber Feed the Birds that won the primary attention of Walt Disney.

For Disney, the song captured what he thought the movie was all about: doing something small (like giving a tuppence to feed pigeons) to make a huge difference (like supporting an elderly woman).

Disney wasn’t the first to come up with this idea.  Throughout the ministry of Jesus, you get this very same thought.  After all, Jesus taught that God would remember who gave even a cup of water to a suffering believer out of love for Jesus (see Mark 9:41).  He blessed children, who in that day weren’t always so valued (see Mark 10:16).

As a friend pointed out to me recently, Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth wasn’t to heal people, and yet He took the time over and over again to do just this.  Even though He came to save us from our eternal sins, He took the time to heal us of our temporary sufferings.  Time and time again, He healed those who came to Him with all manner of sicknesses.  He even took the time to protect a bride and groom from the embarrassment of running out of refreshments!

As a Christ-follower, it is my job to take time out of my day to “feed the birds”: to bless the lives of those around me by Christ’s compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (see Colossians 3:12).

. . always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:15b, ESV)

[1] From the special edition features of Mary Poppins, DVD



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