Summer break is only a few short weeks away, and I can’t wait! I plan on taking my kids to the 2nd happiest place on earth. Southern Hills being THE Happiest Place on Earth…of course.
I. A Chance to Unplug
If you’re like me, it’s difficult for you to disengage. I’m always thinking about ministry. I can’t get my thoughts away from the mission my dear Lord has assigned me to. I think about the sermon. I think about the ministries. I think about the people and their subsequent problems. My mind is a whirlwind of evangelism, worship, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry. However, when I travel 4 hours southwest in my powder blue, 2007 Hyundai Elantra to the gates of the magic kingdom…I’m set free! I love my life! I love my “job!” I love Las Vegas! But when you need a break, you need a break.
II. A Time to Focus on Family
In a setting like Disneyland, I can ignore the world and focus on my children. Though I treasure bedtime and our weekly family day, quite often I find myself ignoring my children and focusing on the world. THIS IS WRONG! After my ministry to Heather, my children are to be my primary focus in ministry. They are to come first! At Disneyland I can turn off the cell phone and ride Space Mountain with Jonathan. At Disneyland I can stand with Scarlett as she has a chance to meet her hero, Jasmine. At Disneyland I can shiver and shake out of fear with Savannah (my little daredevil), as we wait to board the haunted elevator in the Tower of Terror. My kids need me, and I need them!
III. A Chance to Ride, MY RIDES!
Alright! I’ve got to tell you about my favorite rides. Not that you care. But if you’re still reading, you might love Disneyland as much as I do. I love Star Tours! Though I love the new one which has several possible destinations and endings, I remember the original. I’m not talking about the one that premiered in 1987. I’m talking about the ride that predated Star Tours all together. I’m talking about Adventure Thru Inner Space. That’s right, I’m old school. I also can’t go to Disney without stopping by Soaring Over California. Though I’m in love with Nevada, every time I ride this ride my heart pines for our neighbor to the west. Yet, greater than any of these, my favorite ride in all of the lands of Disney would have to be… Pirates of the Caribbean. Since the days of my early childhood, I’ve loved the 20 minutes of immersive pirate life. I despised their treachery and admired their debauchery simultaneously. It’s a great ride!
For us, it’s Disneyland. What is your family place to unplug and focus on the kids? Do you have a favorite Disneyland attraction?