DayBreaks for 6/12/17: Who’s Your Daddy?
From the blog, Barney’s Bullets, 6/9/17 by my friend, Barney Cargile:
Walt Disney went to great lengths to ensure that his kids experienced a “normal life”. Instead of seeking the spotlight, he and his wife Lillian did everything in their power to shield their daughters from the typical Hollywood lifestyle. Every day, Walt drove his kids to public school. He took them to swim class and dance lessons. He arranged his schedule so that he could be home with them as much as possible.
This was so effective that their daughter Diane didn’t realize what her daddy did for a living. Somehow she never “connected the dots” with the possibility that her dad was the Walt Disney. To her he was just “dad”. Then one day at school a friend asked her, “What’s it like having Walt Disney as your Dad?” The question jolted her like a slap across the face. Later that day, Diane found her dad sitting in his favorite chair. She stood next to him, outraged and asked, “Are you the Walt Disney?” When he answered affirmatively, she asked, “Why didn’t you ever tell me?” Then she did something really crazy. She asked her own dad for his autograph! For a week, Diane walked around in a daze. She found it hard to believe. She knew Walt Disney! More than that, she was Walt Disney’s daughter! Every time she saw a Disney cartoon or watched the Mickey Mouse Club she thought, “Walt Disney is my dad.” (Source: What If It’s True?, Ray Johnston)
Once Diane Disney understood the reality of her identity, everything changed for her. She became Walt’s motivation to create the film Mary Poppins. She even used her influence as his daughter to inspire him to launch Disneyland. Because she knew who her father was, her life was never the same.
That’s the sense of wonder God wants us to live in. Forget about Walt Disney…Our Father is the Creator of the universe! Once you understand the reality of who you are as God’s child; once that becomes your identity deep inside, you’re never the same. Ephesians 1 says that those who are “in Christ” are God’s “delightful children”; that we are “holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence”; and that “the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us.” Unbelievable! Once we “get” this; really get it, our lives will never be the same. We can live in victory. Now that you know who your Father is, only one question remains. How are you going to live?
PRAYER: Open our eyes to the reality of who our Father is! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>