All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, is on Monday. It is a rare opportunity for evangelism as folks actually come to your front door! A simple, thought provoking history of the day is included below for you to print and slip into candy bags. It shares the true meaning for the day, as well as the contact info for the church. If you’d like, you could even slip a flyer about our All Saints Sunday Family Day in too. Take advantage of such an easy chance to reach out to others! Click the link to print off and distribute or grab a handful of them this Sunday along with the All Saints Sunday flyer to hand out ... Why do we Trick or Treat?
Can you believe we are nearly two months out from another year end? Time flies! Michelle and I were talking the other night about how we could have never anticipated that we would be in a different home and weeks away from the birth of our second child a year ago. We truly never know what lies before us. We have plans, goals, ideas and expectations, but ultimately only the Lord knows what will unfold. The timeless wisdom from Proverbs 16:9 comes to mind, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
We need the Lord’s grace and wisdom daily for every facet of our lives. Often we seek Him more diligently when plans change, unexpected events arise, or things don’t transpire as we hoped. But what if we would seek the Lord with such persistence daily? What if we decided to ask His wisdom in our daily needs? What if we asked him how best manage our calendar, where to invest our time, how to best love our spouse and children, or how to best be stewards over the finances He has entrusted to us? What if we allowed Him to more fully reign and rule in our lives?
Imagine the affect it would have upon our lives. Instead of leaning into our wisdom, or that of others, we can seek the One who knows the number of our days and who cares about each aspect of them. For He is the only one with pure motives and true wisdom. By spending time with Him, we have a direct line with no wait time on hold, elevator music, or receptionists telling us our call will be returned in the order received (unlike those we seek wisdom from in the world around us)! Carve out time for prayer and spend time in God’s Word to find the answers we all seek. Doing so may take a bit or retraining in seeking God first, instead of our last attempt for direction!
I’d encourage you this week to be intentional toward this end. Dedicate five minutes to pray and seek the Lord in an area you have not before. If you already have such this practice, consider adding time to it. In such times with the Lord, I find that the first place to start is in thanksgiving for all He entrusts to me. It reminds me how full my life is before I press into the needs I have to bring before Him. Before pausing to listen, I call to mind the hindrances that may prevent me from doing so, any the ‘blockages in the line,’ that I need to confess to allow me to discover the peace I seek and to hear His voice.
‘Taking five’ at the start or end of the day truly puts everything in context. It serves as reminder of where to turn first, but also reminds us to order our steps around the Lord instead of expecting Him to order around us. It puts the wisdom of Proverbs into context as we learn to establish our steps around the wisdom, grace, and loving care of our Lord. It also brings a sense of freedom and order to our days that we cannot find apart from Him.