Don't blame it on the ministry
I love Halloween (shh... don't tell anyone, I know Christians aren't supposed to). I love to dress my kids up in adorable costumes and let them go beg for candy. Yesterday Elijah and I went back and looked at our past Halloween pictures (the first 4 pictures above are Elijah over the past 4 years, the next two are Graham, the last two are the two boys together.)
Many of you have asked me questions about how we balance kids and ministry and also how my parents did (since I am a pastor's kid). I don't know if I have much wisdom on the topic but I decided to create a category so as the thoughts and memories come to me I can blog about it.
So here is my first thought about raising kids in the ministry:
If you have a conviction about something, when you explain it to your kids, don't blame it on the ministry.
I know that a lot of pastor's families don't trick or treat because it's their family's conviction. That's great! More power to 'em.
But I've also seen many pastor's families sit it out to appease church people who might disapprove of the pastor letting his kids celebrate such a holiday.
The danger is that these kids may grow up to resent the church-because of all the things that they aren't allowed to do-because of the approval of other church people. I know our kids are still babies, but my goal as a mom is never to blame things on the church, but to explain things as our family convictions. And trust me, there will be plenty of things they're not allowed to do. I just want to make sure they know that we're in the business of pleasing God, not satisfying the standards of the rest of the world. Do you trick-or-treat (be nice, or I won't post your comment :))?
Ok, there are my thoughts for today. Enjoy a few more shots from last night. Elijah, the pirate, ended up getting sick and falling asleep before we even got back. He didn't even eat one piece of candy and went straight to bed with a fever! Graham, the Kangaroo, enjoyed his ride in wagon, of course, accompanied by his blankie and passi. I don't think I got one shot of him without his passi!