As a kid, I loved cartoons. The excitement of waking up on a Saturday morning to watch some of the greatest cartoons ever made. My kids have cartoons 24-7 on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon, and many other channels. They miss out on the anticipation we had growing up.
My favorite cartoons were Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry. If I am completely honest, when I find the older versions of these cartoons on TV, I will stop and watch a little just to take me back to my childhood. Recently I ran across an online video of an orchestra playing music from Tom and Jerry. I have included it below for your listening pleasure. The kid in me saw the images of those great cartoons flashing through my mind as the orchestra played the various tunes. I couldn’t help but smile.
The musician in me was truly amazed. The skill required to play this music was incredible. Watching the violinists fingers moving at such a rapid pace, seeing each member of the orchestra playing their role, from the flutes to the drums, from the trumpets to the percussionists throwing plates in a trash can, each member played a crucial role to make this incredible score come to life. I am amazed at all the creativity and work that went into creating music for a children’s cartoon. In a society of disposable everything, it is a wonder that the artists went to great lengths to put out their best work, even if their audience was “just kids.”
I am sure there are some great spiritual lessons from Tom and Jerry. Like perseverance, Tom never gave up chasing Jerry, no matter how many times he failed. Or the value of teamwork when Jerry and Spike would work together. (For those unfamiliar with Tom and Jerry, Spike was the dog that frequently made appearances in the episodes). Or possibly even conflict resolution when Tom and Jerry made up in some episodes.
But the lesson for me from this video is that if it is worth doing, it is worth the absolute best effort I can put forth to make it happen. After all, as a believer, everything I do is a reflection on my Lord, even if (and especially if) my audience is “just kids.”
“…Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)