Joy Story

I went with a few friends to the movies this summer and we saw Toy Story 3 in 3D. Now, before I go on, if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want the story ruined, then you’ll want to pass on this post. Here’s the chance to skip this one and wait for the next one.

So, here’s a little background. Andy is a boy who has a whole bunch of toys, and now Andy’s graduated high school and the big question is what is going to happen to all the toys he’s kept. Woody is the one toy who stays faithful to him. He has Andy’s name written underneath his foot. But the others agree to go off to a daycare, thinking Andy doesn’t have use for them anymore.

When the others get to the daycare, the leader tells them that everyone gets to do what they want, that it’s great not being owned by anyone, what a joy it is to just be passed along to the next daycare kids as the little ones graduate and move on. But it turns out to be a prison-like, miserable place for the toys.

Well, after a lot of suffering and with Woody’s help, all the toys finally make it back to Andy, who then has to decide what to do with them. What he chooses to do with them is give them to a little neighborhood girl who treats toys really, really well. He entrusts all his most prized possessions to her.

Now, there’s a part I’m leaving out. Why does he entrust all of them to her? It’s because he got a little note from Woody, telling him that this little girl would take good care of the toys. That happened because Woody had a little detour and ended up in this little girl’s room in his adventures getting back to Andy. He found out that the other toys loved being there, they were all taken good care of and she brought the most out of their toy-hood. They were all appreciated and loved by their little owner. It was Woody’s experience from his visit that got Andy to entrust all his most treasured little ones to this little girl. They are Andy’s, but he gives them all to her.

One toy.

One toy remembered whose name was imprinted on him. One toy was faithful to who he belonged to. One toy gave his witness.

And all the others were saved.

It may seem dark in society, with so many people doing what they want, not belonging to anyone but themselves, passing from one relationship to another. But God needs just one, just one who remembers whose name is imprinted in his soul, just one who is faithful to who she belongs to, just one to give their witness, just one who walks in the footsteps of His Son.

And all the others will be saved.

Will it be your joy story?

“Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Rom 5:18-19)

Happy memorial of St. Padre Pio!


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