Halloween...it's a day that some really love and for others, a day they really dread! It has become an over commercialized holiday like so many of the others, but don't worry this is not a post about boycotting the day.
On Halloween, our family takes advantage of all the community events and our kids love the chance to dress up. To us, it's another opportunity to make Christ known. This one day that the world says is set aside for scary stories, costumes and decorations is no different than any other day that we are to be a witness for Christ. After all, "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24. He is the creator of everyday!
I remember the first Halloween that our daughter really started recognizing the scary costumes people would wear. She said, "momma, why would people want to look like that?" These are great teachable moments for our children. This was a great time for us to talk about our expectations of Halloween and how our family will be involved in it. Our prayer is that we use all worldly issues as times for conversation and pointing our children to Christ. We want to teach them that no matter what the situation, "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" Matthew 5:16.
I am not sure how you feel about today and whatever your convictions are, I pray you stick to them. But, if you choose to participate in trick-or-treating tonight, can I challenge you?
Halloween is known for darkness, but it does not have to be a dark holiday. As Christians, we can let our light shine brightest, John 1:5 says, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." We have a huge mission field in our own communities, let's be His hands and feet.
I want to leave you with some fun things to do with your family that will also help your kids learn about Jesus.
Please leave a comment on how your family keeps Christ the focus on Halloween! We can learn so much from each other.
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!