Hope you guys had a fun Halloween. I know for me it was a crazy night. But of course it always is. At Calvary we take part in the new church craze “Trunk or Treat” or what I like to call “not as much work as a fall festival” outreach. It is a simple enough idea get a bunch of people together to line the parking lot and pass out candy from the trunks of their cars. People come through the line and then leave so you can reach a large number of people in a short amount of time.
This year we saw at least 450 children along with their parents. It was a wild night. There are things that you see whenever you try to do something nice that always make me smile and there are things that you see that just make you not want to do it anymore. I love to see children excited and parents excited to see their children excited. It makes a hard night of parking cars and coordinating candy worth it. What I hate are the people who try to take advantage of you–going through the line more than one time, 16 year olds coming up without a costume begging for candy. I also hate the people who complain about anything. We are doing what we are doing for free and because we wanted to give back to our community, but we don’t owe anyone anything. I want to tell people who gripe to just leave, but I don’t. I smile and try to help them.
But those problem people were rare tonight and all in all it was a fun time. I love it most because of what it does for our church family. Those people who bring their cars and who help get to see what it feels like to give back if only for a few moments and that is worth all of the effort.
One more thing. Speaking of people being ungrateful. I got every week to the high school and hang out with students. Or at least that is what I want to do. But I started taking candy with me and now I have most of the school begging me for candy. I do have a rule that if you don’t know me and you want candy we have to have a conversation first and that works well, but that just means that I now have to give someone else candy.
So today I go to one table of boys and as soon as I open my lunch box they all start grabbing handfuls. When I ask them to put it back and just take one they look at me like I am crazy. I just about lost it on them. But then I remembered they are teenagers and teenagers sometimes have no clue what the real world is about. They think “Hey I want candy” and they don’t think “Hey someone has to buy that candy or the person next to me might want some.” I think it is that exact same thought pattern that makes it so hard to break turn teenagers into disciples of Christ because their first thought is about their own instant gratification.
Actually the same is true for adults too…would someone please remind me why I do this again?