So, here it is...almost midnight on October 30th. In 4 minutes it will be Halloween. I should be asleep, I have tried to get to sleep the last few hours, but sleep seems to be avoiding me tonight (and I didn't even have coffee this afternoon!). Jon is gone to a work "retreat", don't get me started on the fact that it was scheduled over Halloween. So, I can't sleep, so I decided to get up and write, hopefully I won't regret posting this in the morning.
Halloween... do you participate or not? That seems to be what has been filling up my newsfeed on facebook the last few days. You know what? I don't really care what you do. There, I said it. I don't care. I have lots of good friends who will have nothing to do with it and I have good friends who are over the top with it. Both are fine with me... you know why? People, we have FREEDOM in Christ. Yes, I think the people who are in the camp of "I won't touch it with a ten foot pole" have every right to feel that way because I think God does not convict everyone in the same way. Just like I don't think the people who are over the top with it have a "lesser" relationship with Jesus. We need to give each other grace and stop being SO AGAINST EACH OTHER.
I always come back to this verse for Halloween.
This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
Does that mean the Lord has created everyday, except Halloween? NO!!!!! This is the day...today...right now...it is God's. Am I giving the enemy a foothold into my life by letting my kids dress up and get candy? I don't believe so. I probably give the enemy a foothold into my life lots of other times during my normal day to day life. When I give into my anger and yell harshly at my children, or the times when I am lazy, or the times when I eat too much, or aren't as giving as I should be, or tell a half truth. We give into the enemy so many times that we don't even realize... that scares me more than letting my kids participate in Halloween.
At the end of the day, the King of Kings is still sitting on his throne before a sea of glass. That sea of glass represents calm to me. He is not all up in arms, He is calm and He is still in control.
There, I've said it...now hopefully I will sleep. Whether you participate in Halloween or not, have a good day and be safe. Hopefully no one will hate me after this...