A Lesson from Disney

A Lesson from Disney

When I answered the ‘phone, to say I was shocked would have been a huge understatement…and yet, I wasn’t entirely surprised.  At the end of the line was an exceptionally warm sounding voice, speaking to me as though I was at the centre of her world.

The woman who had momentarily and gratifyingly shaken my day (I’ll call her ‘Sue’), had called in response to a request I had made for a gesture of good will on behalf of a loved one about to holiday in Disney World, Florida.  She had called on behalf of Disney World.  Sue was employed by the Walt Disney Company, represented the Walt Disney Company and was everything I expected (and more) from the Walt Disney Company.

Sue was Disney.

This woman exemplified the extensive and ongoing training provided by the Company regarding valuing customers.  I have no clue as to the type of personality she has, nor do I know what she is like at home or in her social circles.  What I can say is that, in the few minutes of our conversation, the way she treated me and her response to my request exceeded all expectations.

As the dust of the excitement settled, I pondered the short yet poignant experience, taking time to consider why it had made such an impact and a couple of Bible verses came forcibly to mind:

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3 : 23-24 NIV

Sue presented as one who believed in the organisation she worked for.

As one who says that I believe in Jesus.  As one who says I love Him and serve Him with the additional claim that I worship Him, do I exemplify all He is and all He taught and teaches through His Word?  Sobering thoughts.

The Gospel of John records that Philip asked Jesus to show The Father to both he and the other disciples.  Jesus responded, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say “Show us the Father”?” John 14 : 9 NIV

To see Jesus was to see God the Father Himself.  In addition, the Apostle Paul said about his own life, “For me to live is Christ…” Philippians 1 : 21

“What does your life exemplify?” was the challenge now facing me.

  • Who ‘are’ you when you are in your workplace?
  • Who ‘are’ you when you are behind the wheel of your car?
  • Who ‘are’ you when the shop assistant is less than attentive?
  • Who ‘are’ you…?

Moreover, what does Jesus see?

Am I living a life that is truly dead to self and alive in Christ?

I was tempted to feel totally disheartened…and then I was reminded that Christ’s strength is made perfect in my weakness – when my weakness and inadequacies are surrendered to Him, for His glory.

Thoroughly learning the lesson brought to me via Sue’s professionalism is one that will undoubtedly last my entire lifetime.  It’s a lesson to be learned well, for ‘being Christ’ in every area of life will give Him the opportunity to do all He wants and knows He can do in and through my life and through our lives together.

God Bless You,

Laura Barnett

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