I was debating on whether I wanted to write this post, but it’s part of who I am.
So, here it is.
It’s October 31st.
Most people are toting around in their costumes, posting pics of their (awesome) makeup tips and tricks and stuffing their face with candy.
(and maybe a few of you too!)
For us, it’s just another day. However, it’s a day that we had to be very strategic with teaching our kids what we believe and why we believe it.
You see, we all love dressing up on occasion as well. So, what’s the difference between dressing up on any of the other day of the year compared to Halloween?
The truth is, when you know the history and reasons behind things, sometimes it can cause you to turn away from mainstream ideas. It’s not that we don’t believe in Halloween, it’s simply that we don’t celebrate it.
Sometimes this is hard for our kids to understand. I used to keep them home from school because our school still invites everyone to dress up. Last year, I finally felt like they were old enough to understand that other people might do things that seem fun, but that doesn’t mean that you need to feel compelled to do the same.
To my pleasant surprise, it didn’t even bother them.
Today was a bit different.
Today, we had to have another conversation discussing why we believe what we believe.
It was kind of hard. I mean, what’s the harm in wearing your sports uniform to school or adding a bit of fancy makeup to your eyes?
Except, now we’re talking about seeing how close we can get to the line without crossing it.
That’s a big concept to fathom.
It’s one that can be applied to anything that you believe is wrong. If you’re asking yourself how much you can get away with without appearing to cross the line, it’s quite possible you’ve gone too far.
So, if you wonder why I don’t post or participate in the festivities of the day, this is why.
Tonight, instead of hiding out in the basement with the lights off during trick or treating hours, we will be heading to an alternative option that our Church provides – Quest.
There kids will have the opportunity to have fun while going on a Quest to learn epic Bible stories and when it’s over, they get a treat bag filled with candy.
It’s a safe environment that glorifies what we believe in.
That’s something that I can stand for.