Mickey Mouse and the New Year
January 4, 2018

Several years ago, our family visited Disney. We waited in line for an hour to see Mickey – all the while preparing our very excited and antsy three-year-old son, Micah. When we neared the end of the line, Micah slipped under the carefully placed ropes and made a beeline to Mickey. Disney cast members yelled “STOP!!” as we looked on in embarrassment. Mickey, on the other hand, stepped forward and received my ecstatic Micah with wide, open arms. My wife and I promptly took 350 pictures, to be exact.  

Disney trained Mickey to embrace the three-year-old, even if it messes up the order. You can’t put “ropes” on love. 

As we gear up for the New Year, I find myself reflecting on the year gone-by. My distant walk with Jesus in 2017 makes it on the “Disappointments” list. My flesh still drives me to do things to please God, and not to trust Him. Though there were times of closeness, my year was characterized by busyness, self, and more self. 

My relationship with Jesus. The ropes of excuses and expectations must go. I want to embrace Jesus, my Savior, who I know will pursue me with open arms. My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to empower me and that my love for Jesus will be sparked once more. 

My prayer for you is that you, too, will have that childlike belief, to know that Jesus will embrace you again and walk with you into 2018. 

Start today with a song of worship, a simple prayer or an opening of the word. As the psalmist confessed, “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs for you Oh God.” Tell Him, “Jesus I love you, I need you, and I want you to draw me close in 2018.”

Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Oscar Benavides
VP of Strategic Initiatives at Five Two

by Oscar Benavides


  • Tina

    Oscar, I always appreciate the humble honesty in your writing. Thank you!

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