Celebrate Genuine Love!

Being that today is Halloween, the last day of October, it’s a great day to celebrate genuine love!  I say this because Halloween was always a scary holiday to me, with all the skeletons, tombstones, ghosts and macabre images.  When I was a kid, this day often left me fearful.  In contrast, 1 John 4:18 says that perfect love casts out fear.  So instead of accentuating fear, today I choose to celebrate genuine love!

Here are a few suggestions that might help you celebrate genuine love today:

  • Look for people to encourage throughout today – what they’re wearing, nice hair, friendly smile, beautiful eyes, witty wisdom & LOADS more
  • Let Jesus love you throughout today – reject the enemy’s lies that say you’re inadequate, have no hope, going to fail, or that you’re a mutant
  • Smile & watch for gratitude opportunities – clean air, warm sun, nice coffee / tea, clean water, beautiful trees & HEAPS more!!

Happy Genuine Love day to you!!

hot topic: trick or treat

All of us want treats and blessings – take the good and leave the bad!  I read this morning about how Jacob dressed up in his brother’s clothes to pretend that he was Esau, attempting to trick his dad into believing that he was Esau.  With his mom’s help, Jacob’s efforts worked and he received his father’s blessings through being tricksy.

I used to wonder about why God would “reward” this kind of deceptive behavior – seems really unfair and inconsistent with God being just.  After some long reflection & consideration, I’ve come up with a few thoughts that might be helpful:

  • Jacob’s deception was really quite expensive:  he was ostracized from his family & came to live with an extremely manipulative & deceptive uncle for close to two decades;  it also appears that he never attained the closeness he once had with his family & particularly with his mom
  • by Jacob receiving his dad’s blessing, we clearly see that God blesses us not because we’re worthy, we’ve earned it or because of our “birth right”, but simply because God loves us inspite of ourselves rather than because of ourselves

God redeems our “tricks” and transforms them into “treats” 🙂

Halloween Traveling

Whenever I travel, I love getting to watch people & traveling on Halloween is a double bonus, which raises even more than my usual question collection. Here are some things I think about as I watch people when I travel on Halloween:

  • Let’s believe that they’re wearing a costume rather than thinking that’s their normal attire
  • Yes!!  Superman is on my flight!!
  • Stillettos and airports – these ladies are on my all-time amazing list
  • I don’t understand why you’d be rude to someone who is helping you
  • traveling is a great opportunity to express Genuine Love – a cool way to brighten someone’s day 🙂
  • boots in security lines are tricky to navigate – stick w flip flops ,)

Happy World Series to the Red Sox 🙂

Halloween

We are back to that time of year when the Halloween decorations come out – cobwebs, ghosts, skeletons, tombstones, witches, etc.  I remember when I was growing up that there was the razor blade in candy or apples scare & I remember being too scared to go trick-or-treating beyond like 3 houses from my house.  So this is my problem with Halloween – why do we celebrate a holiday devoted to fear, creepiness & even death?  What’s good about any of those things?

Being afraid & creeped out in my life has done more damage than good.  So while I’m probably a lone ranger & politically incorrect on this, I don’t like this holiday & see no redeeming value in the current expression & celebration of this holiday.  With that being said, please be encouraged that tomorrow’ blog will be more uplifting 😀