Disney Devotions 003 – Epcot

Tomorrow’s Incredible Plans  
A Family Devotion for Epcot Park

Read Epcot’s opening day dedication:

To all who come to this place of joy, hope of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere in the world. —E. Cardon Walker, October 24, 1982

Walt Disney had an amazing plan for the future. He envisioned a fantastic city designed to provide the very best communication, transportation, and innovation mankind could imagine. This futuristic city promised to empower us to achieve all of our hopes and dreams. It would be called EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.

Discussion Question: If you were planning to build a perfect city, what new ideas would you want to share with the world?

 

However, after Walt Disney passed away, the plans for EPCOT fell apart. Without his enthusiasm and leadership, the dream screeched to a halt, and those who came after him weren’t able see it through. Epcot Park (notice the slight name change), as we know it today, is quite different than the “EPCOT” Walt Disney had planned.

Discussion Question: Have any of your plans ever failed? What happened?

 

It’s not a bad thing to make plans. In fact, the Bible encourages us to work hard and make plans for ourselves and for others.

  • “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

Still, God’s Word cautions us to lean on Him when making plans of our own. If we don’t include Him in our plans, our plans are ultimately doomed to fail.

  • “Unless the LORD builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1a)

So be happy! God has amazing plans for the future of His creation. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” That means that God’s plans are good, God’s plans will be completed, and God’s plans will last forever.

Prayer: Father God, we might be disappointed in the plans of others, and we may be frustrated when our own plans crash and burn. But when we put our trust in You, we know we will never be disappointed. We believe that You will accomplish Your wonderful plans, both now and forever. Amen

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