The mayor of Belleville, Illinois has made the decision that trick-or-treating is for kids only. In his town, a 12-year-old limit has been enforced for kids who want to trick-or-treat this Halloween. If you are like me though and need candy that bad, slip around and ‘borrow’ some from your kids buckets and all will be fine.
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The other night we were on our way to our church’s trunk-n-treat and bonfire, and one of my boys could not figure out what he wanted to be. He’s at that age where he changes his mind every 30 seconds. After going through a litany of choices, he finally said to me….”I’m just going to have to go as an ordinary kid.”
While this caused me to laugh, it also struck a chord within me. You might not want to admit it, but we all put our masks on either trying to cover something up, or be something we are not. The sad thing is that many have compared their ‘stuff’ with who others are or what they have, and the decision has been made to settle for the ordinary. We take on the attitude that ‘if we can’t be this or have that’, then we are just going to have to go about life…ordinary.
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It’s not what we were created for. It’s not the desire of our Heavenly Father that we should settle for the mediocre. Yet, so often we do. There’s a reason that scripture says that if we compare ourselves to each other, we are not wise.
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You must stop looking around to see how you measure up to others, and start looking up to gauge if you are truly living out His plan. If we have settled for the ordinary, then our eyes have been focused on the wrong thing. If we are looking up to Him, the ordinary just won’t do.
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