Should Christians celebrate Halloween? As most of you know, we love celebrating Halloween around our house. We love putting out spooky decorations, DIYing our costumes, carving pumpkins and watching scary movies with friends. It’s honestly like pre-Christmas to us. Every year, we look forward to listening to Thriller Thursday and Lore every week in the month of October. We also love watching The Nightmare Before Christmas to get in the spirit of Halloween.
Autumn reminds us that it’s okay to let things go.
If you haven’t listened to this week’s episode, Cody and I interviewed a few people about their deconstruction stories. We offered the opportunity for these people to be able to be open about their faith and the struggles they may have endured getting there. I absolutely loved hearing everyone’s stories of finding who Jesus truly was to them. However, something that I realized was the loneliness that each person had faced while transitioning. I thought about how so often people feel lonely or fear rejection because they are dealing with some internal issues. I want to be the first to say that fear and doubt is completely normal. Everyone has doubted God at times. Everyone has questioned why it seems like bad things only happen to good people. But we have to break the stigma that if you question your faith that you are going to lose your faith.
When we think of ministry, we often think of pastors leading the Church or missionaries in third-world countries. But what does true ministry look like? Despite popular belief, true ministry starts wherever you’re at.
The world runs on different seasons in order to survive. Spring represents new life and starting over. Summer represents playfulness and joy. Autumn represents transformation. Winter represents decay and dormancy. I think these beautifully represent the changes we often see in our own lives. These changes often challenge us to learn something new about life and the world around us. Sometimes we have dry seasons while at other times we have productive seasons. Our spiritual lives are no different.
Do you ever feel like an imposter? Have you made successful achievements in your life but feel as if someone is going to “find you out”? There’s actually a Psychological term for that!
Imposter Syndrome can be described as having a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”, despite the individual’s accomplishments.
I get it. We always have something pressing going on and we feel like we’re running out of time. Whether it’s a business meeting, studying for finals, having to stay up all night working on next week’s project, raising a family, or even running your own business, we are always living on the go. We live from day-to-day, constantly running on empty and anticipating our next cup of coffee. I really do get it. Sometimes there are seasons where we are busier than other seasons we are in. But if we want to be our most productive selves, we simply cannot pour from an empty cup.
If you have been keeping up with The Reckless Pursuit, we recently did an episode where we interviewed our friend, Kristofer…
“God’s plan is going to be fine. You are not big enough to mess up God’s plan.” – Tristan Williford
How many times have we struggled with our identity and questioned who we are? I can’t tell you how many times I have debated with God about who I think I am. Heck, I’m even questioning it right now. However, I think these questions are normal to ask as human beings.
Do you ever feel like life keeps knocking you down, again and again with no chance of looking up? If you are a human being, you know this happens all throughout life. If you are a Christian, then you feel this weight even stronger.