Life Lessons from the Lorax

8:13 AMHeather

In an attempt to get the kids out of the house, I took my younger two to the dollar movies yesterday to finally catch The Lorax.  I don't know why I was in such a contemplative mood, but I have to say that I walked out feeling as though the movie had all sorts of deep meanings and hidden symbolism.  Yep, I can be weird that way.  And, so today, I present to you this list of life lessons bought to you by the Lorax.

1.  Greed and materialism are futile goals.  In the end, they don't bring satisfaction.  And, they often leave you lonely and feeling empty inside.

2.  Listening to the heart's desires of others is a worthy use of your time.  Everyone needs and wants to be heard.  To take it a step further and step along aside them in striving for those goals is to display a servant's caring heart.  You can never go wrong placing people as a top priority.

3.  Jumping on the bandwagon of the latest passing trend just because everyone else is doing it doesn't translate to a lasting fulfillment.

4.  Thoughtlessly cutting down all that is in your path in your striving for success leads to a bleak and lonely future.

5.  Working toward success just to prove someone wrong when they don't believe in you is not a good motivation.  Others' opinions don't matter.  (God's opinion is what counts).

6.  No change will come, no difference will be made...UNLESS you are willing to take the risk.

7.  When one person is willing to take the risk, one person can make a big difference.

8.  Onceler's mom constantly cut him down.  Ted's grandmother constantly encouraged and supported him.  Look at the end result for each of these characters.  People need to hear that you believe in them.  Show them in words and in deeds. 

9.  Have the courage and faith to step outside the city--to go beyond the bounds of what is seen.  There is where we find that the impossible becomes possible.  As followers of Christ--we must remember that nothing is impossible with God.  Dream big!

10.  Last but not least--you cannot reap what you do not sow.  Yep, there in the movie's last song, this repeated phrase stood out to me.  You cannot reap kindness if you do not sow it.  You cannot reap God's blessings if you don't sow obedience.  You cannot reap great rewards when you don't sow great risk.  

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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