Tricks Are Not For Kids!!!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trick or Trick.”

My bride and I handed out candy to all the ghouls and goblins of the neighborhood this evening. No tricks were played. A friend of ours had her car window smashed out a couple days ago. A nasty trick indeed!!!

We noticed that the trend of trick or treating has seemed to diminish over the years. Part of me wonders if the notion of fear that abounds in this country has anything to do with that. But, on the same token the other end of town was teaming with trick or treaters, from what we heard.

My bride said that next year we probably won’t spend the time or money handing out candy, because all night we probably had about 15-20 kids all night long. It was not many. However, I would like to commend all the parents who have kids about 10-years old and under. Well done! Very courteous, very full of manors. Now, the teens that came by? No, you cannot take my candy stash and run! No, you cannot have three hands full of candy! AND SAY THANK YOU!!! When a five-year old has more manors than you, I weep for my days in the nursing home! What kind of future are we creating here folks? 

Oh, how I long for the days when my parents would take me door to door of our small town. We knew almost everyone and everyone was happy to give out candy and see swarms of kids in costume. Today it seems like no one is interested in Halloween anymore because we live in a world where you no longer know who you can trust. 

This afternoon I read an interesting piece online. Should Christians celebrate Halloween? My wife and I are Christians. And we see it as an opportunity to share with our neighbors, if they would show up and not drive past. We were both smiling and excited to see the costumes, but not many people are any longer. On our block, I believe there were five, maybe six houses giving out candy and accepting trick or treaters. 

As far as I know, no other tricks than my friend’s broken window happened. Although, this seems to be the night that people love to cause harm. When will we be a world that can get along? Will it ever happen, or have we been tricked into submission as a society that will never trust again? I believe we can turn this around and be a positive world again, but we need to start standing out and up for what is good, right and true. That’s what I would like to see, how about you?

Fear Is A Lie.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fright Night.”

Anything in our lives that creates fear is not of The Lord. It is very easy for the human spirit to lose focus and become fearful of many things. I am terrified of water. Swimming, diving, scuba diving, they all terrify me because of an event when I was a child and jumped off a dock without first knowing how to swim.

When we jump into uncharted waters we are bound to be fearful. Fear has stopped me from many things, but that was all before I came to know Christ. He has it all under control. We need to submit our fears to Him and He will erase them if we let Him.

When I was a boy I also had a fear of the dark. Within the past few years I have come to understand more of the emptiness of darkness and not knowing where to go. Jesus is The Light, walking with Him there can be no darkness. With no darkness, no unknown, there can be no fear. 

Am I completely absent of fear? No. Fear still whispers in my ear. Fear of failure, fear of the future and what it will bring. Satan loves to whisper fear into our spirit, but we must preside over it in prayer. Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come (here on Earth, in my life), your will be done. When we realize He knows our days there is truly nothing to fear but fear itself. Thank you, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

If You Leave Me Now.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If You Leave.”

In late 2010 I had my world crumble out from underneath me. What would have once been a task I could have completed with great proficiency all of a sudden became a daunting mountain of a task. I was working as a lead generation specialist for a technology company that helps organizations go paperless with all of their records. Even now, this would be a career right up my alley!! Talking to IT Directors and convincing them to listen to our sales team about the products and services available. I can do that! I am a communication geek! I can convince anyone of almost anything! But, I couldn’t convince organizations to listen to the sales team about our products. Day in and day out of call after call and failure