September 20, 2011 by Jay Helms
I confess, I love that place and I plan ahead like crazy (ok, maybe “obsessively” is a better word) whenever we travel there. Typical responses to my approach to a Disney trip are “Chill out, it’s just about the kids having a good time, right. It’s all about the kids.” or “Aren’t you taking the fun out of it and removing the joy of spontaneity from it?” To those responses I say come try it with me once and see if it’s fun to never wait in line more than 15 minutes…see if it’s fun to travel with three happy kids who do not scream or fuss or complain…see if it’s fun to never waste your time in line for a ride that’s just average…see if it’s fun to ride Soarin three times in one day, while waiting a total of 15 minutes…see if it’s fun to know where to get a huge butterfinger cupcake or a huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich or a dole whip pineapple soft serve ice cream treat or a No Way Jose Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae, while other people walk past you eating a vanilla ice cream cone…see if it’s fun to see multiple family members get picked to be in shows…see if it’s fun to get picked to be the family that gets private early access to the Magic Kingdom and a train ride with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy…see if it’s fun to walk past a thousand people waiting in line 60 minutes for a ride that you only have to wait 5 minutes for because you know how things work…see if it’s fun to never wait more than 5 minutes to be seated at the best tables in the coolest restaurants…see if it’s fun to have the best possible seats for the fireworks shows and parades every time…see if it’s fun to do all of these things at a pace that does not leave you wiped out halfway through the day… It is indeed fun.
Too many of us just don’t know how to or don’t care to take a party for all it’s worth. I feel an odd sense of pride when our family experiences these things at Disney World because I am constantly aware of all of the people around us in the parks who hardly even know they are in Orlando. I think it’s way too expensive of a place to wing it and not really know what you are doing or even what your options are upon arrival. And I think life is the same way…we are all spending what precious little time and resources we have on something, but how many of us have a plan that leads to life, to joy, to rich living? How many of us know that if you read the sign at the Main Street Bakery you can get an incredible Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with 5 inch cookies and three scoops of vanilla ice cream in between? You’ll never see them under the glass case with the rest of the bakery items on display. You have to read the menu on the wall.
There is more to this life than standing in long lines, while others move on ahead of us. There really is a God who oozes joy and just lives to bring people into the party at his house. He went so far as to send his son to bring you and me into the party, for real. But we’ll never know if we don’t learn how to take a party seriously. And Echo is all about learning how to take seriously the party that is the real deal. Join us and see it happen in your life.
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