Let’s Go Fly A Kite… 12 Conclusions!

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Let's Go Fly A Kite...!, Podcasts
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I finally got to see Saving Mr. Banks for the second time. There were some things that centered around “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” scenes, that i wanted to catch again. i could go into the comparison between Disney and Mrs. Travers but the movie will probably be out on DVD very soon as there were only 8 of us in the entire theater and you can see what catches your attention then.

The following are my life lessons from Let’s Go Fly A Kite and, from the entire movie of Saving Mr. Banks.

1. Whether present or not, good or bad, no one puts a greater imprint on a person’s life than the influence of a Father. i think of it in this way. i call myself a Disciple of Christ thus, i influence, leave an imprint on others. As i have shared before i have no regrets regarding my father, he taught me much about the man i did and do not want to be.

2. “Rare is the day I don’t think of that 8-year-old boy in the snow with Elias Disney with a belt in his hands.” – That’s Disney on remembering his childhood. Present or not, good or bad, remembering my past is one thing, so long as i don’t get stuck there. While my recollections of my father are not as often as Disney’s, i do think of that 12-year-old-boy being chased around the house late at night by his drunken father with a butcher knife in his hand.

3. Disney says, “A man cannot break a promise to his kids no matter how long it takes.” Great Fathers have integrity. Great Disciples of Christ also have integrity. i have never taken making promises lightly, and while there is the possibility that time has let a broken promise slip away, i do not recall any broken ones at this moment.

4. Disney adds, “I have not broken a promise to my two daughters because that’s what daddies do.” Great Fathers are reliable. Great Disciples of Christ show themselves to be reliable.

5. When asking why he shaves during a flashback scene, Travers’s father tells his daughter, ”A man must shave to swish his daughter’s cheeks.” Great Fathers do what’s necessary to connect with their children. Great Disciples of Christ do not insist upon their own way, they serve others. They give to others what they need the most, when they may deserve it the least, at great cost to themselves. They connect!

6. Though P.L. Travers was often an overwhelming challenge for the Disney staff. The power of collaboration made the film classic what it is. Life can often feel overwhelming but true collaboration with God changes everything. i have two major points of collaboration with God and one that comes from Ann Marie. With God it is knowing this,  “all things start with Him, all things go through Him, and all things end in Him.” The second is Philippians 2:13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. The one with Ann Marie is simply we must agree and when in doubt say no. Collaboration… God said it and i believe it.

7. Andy Stanley teaches people to invite their friends to churches with predictable environments. Disney provided the same driver each day for Travers, a wonderful man named Ralph. This leaves me with a great self question, “am i a predictable environment?”

8. There is a conversation between P.L. Travers and Ralph which shows the different views of the world people may have. P.L. Travers says, “The rain brings life” and Ralph replies “So does the sun.” While simply put, it has deep meaning for me. Love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, AND love others as myself… in despite of and actually because of the differences.

9. Great stories come from everyone. P.L. Travers tells Ralph that his handicapped daughter, “Jane, can do anything anyone else can do.” God wants to tell a great story through my life.

10. The story of Mary Poppins is of a daughter wanting to bring honor to her deeply-flawed father.  Many of us could learn lessons from her by doing the same. This has been an intentional task from the time i was a youth.

11. Disney says, to P.L. Travers, “Forgiveness is what I learned from your books.”  While it was from a different book, i learned forgiveness from the Word of God. This is why number 10 is possible for me. Forgiveness sets a captive free.

12. Disney reminds me, “That’s what story tellers do.  We restore order to imagination.  We bring hope.” That’s what i’m hoping these post and podcasts will do, bring hope! Restore imagination to places in life where uncertainty, confusion, and doubt have been in control. Jesus the greatest story-teller with the greatest story ever told.

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