Wishes come true?

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.”


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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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