Friday, August 22, 2008

Walt's Gospel

As we were vacationing at "The Happiest Place on Earth", I heard so many different languages being spoken. The girls actually made friends at the pool with a little girl from London. We were all united by the fact that we were there to be entertained. To experience something. To relive childhood. To be thrilled. To relax. So, I started thinking about why people from all around the globe come to a place, that in some ways have not changed in the last 20 years. I remember as a little girl going to Disney, and riding the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, It's a Small World, Dumbo, and seeing the Country Bear Jamboree. By all accounts most of these rides had not changed. Yes, there were a few minor details on some that had changed, most notably the adding of Jack Sparrow to the Pirate ride. I was amazed, 20 some odd years later, I bringing my kids to see some of the same things I loved as a kid. Why? What was the pull to have my kids experience it? In our ever changing culture, it seemed familiar. I don't know, except Walt did something right. He made a place that people want to go back to year after year, and take their kids. It got me thinking about Jesus. What would it take to create a place (Church) that people would want to come to every Sunday, and bring their kids? To be known as the "Happiest Place on Earth" ? To have people of all languages engaged and searching there? I am by no means comparing Walt to Jesus, because there is no comparison. It just made me sad that the enthusiasm I saw at a theme park, seems to be lacking in today's Church culture. Should not Jesus dying for our sins and giving us the hope of eternal life be enough to spur us into happiness? For me, it was a reminder - to be a light to others who may not know Jesus. Everyday I am representing Him, and my attitude and the way I treat others is a reflection of Him. My point is Jesus has so much more to offer than Walt, what am I doing to make sure others see that?

1 comment:

Mike L said...

Amen Sister! I couldn't have said it better myself.