I saw an ad for an updated movie of “The Jungle Book.” I have never read the book nor seen any of the movies. But, I had an album (that’s a little like a CD for those of you born in the modern era!) of the 1967 movie.
It’s a little odd to have a recording of songs from a movie that you have never seen. But, the album was a Christmas gift from my older brother. And, I really only listened to one song from the track. Can you guess what that song was?
I’m not sure how it started. I must have heard the chorus and started singing it around the house. However it started, it resulted in me opening the album on Christmas morning. Since then, I have smiled whenever I have heard the song. But, I never learned the lyrics of the song and I don’t even know what the song is about. It wasn’t until today that I learned the entire name of the song – “I Wan’na Be Like You – The Monkey Song.”
Do you remember the chorus?
“Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you, too. You see it’s true, an ape like me. Can learn to be like you, too.”
Here’s the crazy thing. Until just a few minutes ago, I would have told you that the words of the chorus were: “Ooh, I wan’na be like you. Walk like you, talk like you. I wan’na be like you.”
Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. I have always admired (and copied) my four siblings. While growing up, I wanted to be like my older brother, my older sister, my younger sister and my younger brother. And, that song captured my attention because I did (and still do!) “wan’na be like” them. They are amazing people.
I doubt that my older brother (or anyone else) understood how much those silly words described what was in my heart.
The morale of today’s little story? Someone wants to be like you!! You might be surprised the impact you are having on the lives of others. Stand up straight. Watch your words. Keep the faith. There are little eyes watching and adoring you!
“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16b)