As I write this post, we are just over 2 weeks away from Halloween. On Oct. 28th, Glenn View's parking lot will play host to Trunk or Treat, and hundreds of people will come out for food, games, and of course, candy. Some will come dressed in costumes, some will arrive still dressed in work clothes, and all will come expecting.
The kids will come expecting candy and fun. The parents will come expecting a safe place for their kids to get candy and have fun. Volunteers will come expecting to smile and shine the light of Jesus in our community.
I was reminded this week that during this time of year (which races ever faster toward Thanksgiving and CHRISTmas) that saying which has been around for a long time: Beggars can't be choosers. This time of year kids start begging for all kinds of things (costumes, candy, toys, etc.). And I say begging because they have little to no resources of their own, and if most kids are like mine, they expect most things to come from someone else (me!).
So, I say if beggars can't be choosers, then let's choose wisely for them! Folks are coming to be our guests here, so let's give them the Gospel and candy and fun. When it comes to our kids, let's make wise choices about how we dress them, where we take them, and how much we give them. Too often we see parents following their child's lead instead of leading the child. Too often, Halloween is about darkness, so let's lead folks to the Light!
Here's a couple of practical tips for Halloween:
1. Don't hide in your house! Christians are not afraid of Halloween, so don't hide from trick or treaters. Instead, hand out candy, tell them God Bless You, and brighten your neighborhood.
2. Investigate the origins of Halloween! It's not supposed to be so dark; there are Christian roots to "All Hallowed Eve". This site provides some good info: Click Here.
3. Remember that light drives out darkness! This means we don't fear, but it also means that we should proactively engage those who don't know the Truth.