You may not know this about our family, but Disney is not the only place we go on vacation. We actually own a tent that we throw in our car and gallivant around the countryside. We sleep on the ground, we cook on open flame, we have to WALK to a restroom and sometimes there isn’t even water. It’s a good time. We are particularly found of the National Parks and have taken the Princess to about 30 sites in her life. One of her life goals is to visit all of the National Parks. We approve of that goal. So as we vacationed this year we traveled to five parks that were new to us.
If you have any connection at all to our National Parks, you will know that next year is a big one. On August 25 of 2016 the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. This is a fairly big deal and the NPS is encouraging people this year to explore the sites around them so that we can appreciate the great gifts of we have sometimes in our own back yard.
As we were looking around the visitor center at Seguaro National Park (West) waiting for the movie to start, I started reading some of the information about Find Your Park. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a list of corporate sponsors and found Disney. Some of the partners made sense to us: camping equipment suppliers, utility vehicles, health care professionals, but Disney? Disney isn’t about the great outdoors. Disney is about sidewalks and lines and sleeping in a hotel. Why would Disney support the National Parks? I don’t actually know the answer, but I would like to.
What does it mean when two very different things come together? Usually it means that there is something they both value. I have to say that it is meaningful to me that Disney places value on the National Parks just like I do. It makes me feel like there is more to the company than I know. It also reminds me why our church needs to be involved outside our own doors.
When we work a blood drive, march for human rights, or sort cans of donated food we tell the people around us that we share the same interests and values. We tell them that there is more to our church than they know. Hopefully we make them curious. It is important for us to expand our horizons and look beyond ourselves and the walls of our buildings. There is so much more to us than people know. It is time to start advertising.