One of my all-time favorite history-maker is Walt Disney.
Everyone knows Walt Disney because through his brilliant artistry and rich imagination, he was able to produce globally renowned cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, among others.
Certainly, Walt Disney was way, way ahead of his time.
His works—be it cartoon animation or other fantasy movies, transcended his generation, making them classic and enduring till this day.
And as I read his life and works, one common characteristic I like about Disney was the way he challenged the present.
He wasn’t contented with what he had achieved. He wasn’t contented seeing Mickey Mouse and the gang strut their stuff through television.
He kept improving his craft. His desire was to improve the quality of American life by providing the best entertainment for the family.
So came Disneyland in the 1950s, followed by the Walt Disney World Resort that included the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida that opened in 1971.
People who challenge the status quo are the ones who realize that without change, there can be no growth.
When we are faced with enticing idea of just staying within our comfort zone, accepting our fate or just being contented with where we are, pause…consider.
Oftentimes, the people who would turn to God for courage and resolve to challenge the status quo, are the very people who come out better, wiser and stronger.
Let me leave you with this encouraging passage in Hebrews 12:2-3 (The Message translation) –
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”