My Favorite Toy
Do you remember your favorite toy growing up? I do! For me, my favorite toy was the Fisher Price Parking Ramp Service Center! It was coolest thing! It had a little bell to indicate which floor the car elevator was located and little gates to protect the car from moving out of the elevator too soon. I had other toys as well. Some that my family absolutely hated, like my fisher price drum; you know the one with the built in xylophone on the opposite side. I used to walk around the house with that drum strapped to my waist banging on it day and night. Come to think of it, I never knew what ever happened to that little drum. I just remember that one day it disappeared, never to return again.
When I think about it now, it’s kinda of funny to recall how much emotional stock I put into my toys. For years I wouldn’t go to sleep unless I had my Chip and Dale stuffed animal with me in bed. My wife finally asked me if it was okay that they get retired to a shelf…just kidding!
In November 1995 the first ever all computer animated movie came out, Toy Story. No one, including some of the animators believed this movie would be the highest grossing movie of the year in 1995!
If you’ve never seen it the concept is quite simple: It’s all about toys coming to life when there aren’t any humans around. Genius! We’ve all thought about what happens to toys when no one’s around, but now they made a feature length movie about it!
If you think about it, the plot for the first movie is quite complex. An “older” toy, Woody, lives in fear that he’s being replaced by a more modern, “bells and whistle,” toy, named Buzz. While Woody knows his role is to be Andy’s favorite toy, this new “competition” has created a bit of an identity crises in Woody. Buzz on the other hand believes that he is a member of the elite Universe Protection Unit of the Space Ranger Corps. Buzz only knows that he was sent to protect the galaxy from the threat of invasion from the Evil Emperor Zurg, sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance.
The funny thing is, Buzz isn’t struggling with his identity, Woody is the one struggling!
Who do you relate to in the story?
- Buzz: People telling you you’re ridiculous for being who you are?
- Woody: Afraid of what people think
What do you believe about yourself? Buzz’s identity at this point can only be found in the description on the side of the box he came in. Woody however was now questioning the one thing he had always known to be true; he was Andy’s Toy. Nothing could be better than to be called “Andy’s Toy.”
What about your identity? How are you defined…?
- By your feelings…
- Opinions of others…
- Success or failure…
- The car you drive…
- The money you make…
- The house you live in…
- The friends you associate with…
One of my favorite scenes comes while Woody is having an identity crises. Bo Peep looks at Woody and says, “Look under your boot.” Af first Woody argues, but after Bo’s persistence, he finally looks and is reminded that he is “Andy’s.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NLT) 9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”
Stop accepting what others have said…
Stop accepting labels…
Stop being defined by other people…
Believing what God says about you
Realize “You are a chosen people”
Understanding “you’re God’s very own possession”
Maybe today you need to simply, “Look under your boot.”