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Withering Fame: Bible Lessons from Disney

photo(145)2I was at a pastor’s conference in Orlando, FL this spring.  Because the conference happened to be the week of my daughters 5th birthday, I thought it was a perfect opportunity for my wife Emili and I to take her to Disney World.   Of all the rides and things to see there was only one thing on Stella’s must do Disney list, “Dad, I have to see Princess Ana and Queen Elsa.”  People are going absolutely crazy over these Disney Frozen princesses and my daughter was no different. I’ll admit, I too have fallen for Frozen.  So I said “Sure honey, its your birthday and we’ll make sure you get to see them and get your picture taken with them.”  Then we got to the line, a 5 HOUR WAIT!  What kid would wait 5 hours in line to see a Disney princess, no matter how famous they were?  What parent would wait in line with their child for 5 hours?  Not this one!  I had to figure out how I was going to get out of this predicament.  I quickly looked at my other options and saw the line to see Princess Rapunzel, who was wildly popular just a few years ago when Tangled came out in 2010.  The wait time for Rapunzel….10 minutes.  Poor Rapunzel, I bet she used to have people lined up for hours and now a measly 10 minutes.

This shows how in our culture we quickly get obsessed with famous people but also are also just as quick to throw them aside for the next person.  In a way, it also reminds me of the temporal nature of our human existence.  In the moment we thing that things will last forever, whether that is our fame, reputation, material things, or life itself.  But then  I’m reminded of 1 Peter 1:24-25 “ for All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”  Fame is going to come and go.  Famous people are going to come and go.  BUT, one thing we can count on is the Word of the LORD.  His Word is not fleeting nor changing; but instead it’s steadfast and eternal.  Oh, and yea we did get our picture taken with Ana and Elsa.

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