by Ronnie Floyd

The Power of Vision

Proverbs 29:18 and Matthew 28:18-20
February 20, 1994

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever heard the story of Walt Disney? He began his career as a cartoonist for a high school newspaper. As a young man, his first business venture resulted in bankruptcy. Upon losing everything, he moved to Kansas City. It was there that his second enterprise began by drawing cartoon strips and advertisements in a studio. His career never got off the ground, but it was here that he began to make friends with a mouse who would come out of his hole at night.

Walt Disney sold his camera. With the proceeds he bought a one-way ticket to California. On this train trip he began dreaming up a certain mouse character. Disney was originally going to name the mouse, "Mortimer", but his wife felt it was too dignified. She suggested "Mickey" and the rest of the story is history. Rejection after rejection followed, but his vision never died!

In 1927, the first talking movie debuted, called "The Jazz Singer." Disney immediately caught on to this idea and added sound to a cartoon in 1928, creating the first animated film with sound, "Steamboat Willie." In 1937, he produced the first full-length, color, animated feature and called it, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Before he died in 1966, he had produced more than 70 movies.

One day Disney took his daughter to a kiddie park. As she went round and round on a ride, he was impatiently waiting and bored out of his mind. All of a sudden he began to have a vision of a place where parents and children could have fun together. In 1955, the Disneyland dream became reality, as the first new home for Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. Today his Disney parks operate in California, Florida, France, Japan, and others are on the drawing board.

Someone once asked while walking through one of his parks, "I wonder what Walt Disney would think if he could see all this today." The other person replied, "B ...

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