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What moms can learn from Snow White and Ward Kimball


Walt Disney's Snow White

Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is a classic movie.  It was nominated for an oscar in 1938 and has been watched by generations since.  My five year old daughter's watching it as I write this article and as I hear it in the background, it reminds me of Ward Kimball.  Ward Kimball was an animator for Disney.  He worked for about a year on the "Music in Your Soup" scene (watch it at www.youtube.com/watch) and another scene where the dwarfs attempt to build Snow White a bed.  If you aren't familiar with these scenes, it's not because you don't know the story.  It's because Disney cut both of these scenes due to the length of the movie.

You can imagine the devastation at the moment Kimball learned the bad news.  How awful to work for a year and it not be honored the way it was meant to be.  Not all of Kimball's work was cut and he retained a screen credit as an animator, but he almost quit because of it.  Be glad he didn't.  He went on to design Jiminy Cricket in "Pinnochio", the crows in "Dumbo", and more.  He remained employed at Walt Disney Productions from April 2, 1934 to August 31, 1973.  In 1989, he was named a Disney legend, which is a huge honor.  Overall Kimball enjoyed working at Disney and said "Working there was more fun than any job I could ever imagine."

I find this story interesting because as a mom, we sometimes feel as though we're wasting our time.  We may go much longer than a year feeling our time is being wasted serving our family.  We whistle while we work on the laundry and other household chores, but sometimes we feel like it will never be honored the way it was meant to be.  Let me encourage you who serve the Lord Jesus.  Don't quit!  The work you do with your whole heart as unto the Lord will be honored at the right time and it will be much more exciting than getting a title as a Disney legend.  Matthew 16:27 says "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to His works."  Be encouraged, beloved, God sees and rewards accordingly.  Keep things in perspective and you may find yourself saying, "Being a mom was more fun than any job I could ever imagine."

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