A word from Jerry Winfield, Senior Pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, TN.

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As evidence that Jane and I are living in “grandparent world,” the last movie we saw in theater was “Dumbo”. We took our three youngest grandsons, and all three, plus Mimi and Pops enjoyed it. I will admit that I was a little surprised by the modern take in the old Disney animated movie. I thought it would be more “fun” but, the modern version was darker and more serious. The story revolved around how the “villain” tried to keep Dumbo separated from his mother so he could be used to make money.

The original Dumbo, if memory is correct, was about the fact that Dumbo was different because of his enormous ears. His big ears became an asset because he eventually learned to fly because of the size of his ears. He then became popular and famous. I also remember that as a kid we sometimes cruelly teased other kids with big ears by calling them Dumbo. As a matter of fact, I got called Dumbo a time or two!

So what is the point of this movie review? Dumbo was special and unique. Even though he was made fun of early on, he came to be loved and appreciated. Big ears and all.

As created by the Creator of all, we all have a special and uniqueness and beauty all our own. That is why John 3:16 is so important. As it says:

“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God loves the world. That means God loves every person. Every person is the object of His love. That means we are to love what God loves. All the people that might seem to be wicked, evil, and beyond loving is the reason Jesus came to the world in the first place. As followers of Christ we have no choice, but to love people. All kinds of people. Even people with big ears!

God loves everyone. God sent his Son to die for everyone. Do you feel the same? The best way to show our love is to introduce them to Jesus! We are called to go into all the world and “preach the gospel”. Evangelism and missions is not an option for the people of God.

What big eared person do you know who needs to know Jesus?

Joyfully,

Jerry Winfield