Monday, May 5, 2014


Richard Sherman, along with his late brother, Robert, was a prolific songwriter for the Walt Disney Company and wrote songs for more than twenty-five Disney movies.  The siblings wrote many of the studio’s most popular songs.  The recent film Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins, has brought Richard back into the spotlight.  He has many memories of Walt Disney and how he worked.  In an interview, Sherman said Disney rarely ever displayed a temper.  He went on to say that what Disney hated most was interacting with a negative person.  “In ‘story’ meetings, when we were working on a film and someone would look at a sequence and say, ‘I just don’t like it,’ and blow his top… Disney would say, ‘If you don’t have a way to improve it, keep your mouth shut.  Anybody can say I don’t like something.  Give me something to make it better!’”

It’s true what Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”  What we have stored up in our heads and hearts finds its way into our speech.  And what we talk about, in turn, influences whether we make good or bad decisions and order or disorder our lives.  The control of our thoughts, accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative, is where personal self-control begins.  Then…the control of our tongue is where it must end.  Because after that…it is out of our control.  So, remember Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Pray with me… Father God, we want to be good ambassadors for Jesus Christ, so keep us positive in our thoughts, words and behavior… in every life situation we encounter from day to day.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Ken

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