The song was written in 1940 for Walt Disney’s adaptation of the story a little wooden puppet who became a real boy. The animated character who sang it was a talking cricket named Jiminy. The original version was performed by singer Cliff Edwards. The song continues to be the theme song for the Walt Disney Company. It was the first Disney song to win an Oscar.
“When You Wish upon a Star” suggests a world where dreams come true. Pinocchio’s wish was granted. In Disney films, dreams usually do come true. I am a sucker for happy endings.
Life doesn’t always work out that way. We live in a broken world where people don’t dare to dream because they believe there is no use in dreaming; because hard work doesn’t always end in success; because someone else seems to have all the luck; because life can be cruel and heartless.
So, why try?
- Because life is too precious to waste
- Because we don’t have to wallow in misery
- Because someone needs us
- Because our dreams open the world to new possibilities
- Because we are children of the King
- Because we were made to be His masterpieces
- Because there is no one else just like us
We can become jaded, cynical, pessimistic, and fatalistic. We can expect the worst because we look for the worst. We can bathe in self-pity and join the ranks of the miserable …
Or we could choose another path: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
That was Paul’s advice in Philippians 4.
Paul might not have had the sweet tenor voice of Jiminy Cricket, but his words sound like a hopeful hymn to me: “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”