I believe in standing up for what you believe in.
In my case, it’s my faith.
The other day I went door-knocking to pass out literature. You know, that thing I mentioned in this post ?
So while I was walking house to house I thought to myself, What would I do if the next person who opens the door starts yelling, cursing, or threatening me? What if they attacked my beliefs and demanded answers?
I kept telling myself to be bold. Just trust in God. To a certain extent, that’s all I can do. However, there is a responsibility I must play. In order to be bold in my beliefs, I have to know what they are and why I hold them, right?
Now I know I won’t have the answers to everything, and that scares me. Especially when there are so many smarter people out there who can tear me to pieces with their theories. I’m not one to boast in my smartness (or lack-thereof) but there are a lot of things I should be able to answer.
Which leads me to my next thing.
There are certain “holidays” my husband and I have decided not to really acknowledge or celebrate. But since most people celebrate these holidays, people ask if we have plans for them. And of course when we respond, the follow-up question arises: Why not?
I’ve learned it makes conversations easier when I have a solid answer. Why do something if you don’t really know the reason why?
Even still, one response we got was “That’ll change when you have kids.”
That made we wonder. Will it? How bold will I be once we have children? Will my principles go out the window?
I want to say that it wouldn’t, but I really don’t know; I’m not a parent.
I want boldness to define who I am, to define my children, should we have any.
There’s more I can say about this, I’m sure. There are many reasons for boldness.
But is there ever a time when one can be too bold and cross the line?
Would the bolder thing to do be to step down gracefully, or to keep going without end, and even stronger?
Until next post (which will probably be about parenthood again, lol)
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Good read! Just out of curiosity, which holidays are you abstaining from? I have children so I’d really like to know what your thoughts are.
Since you do have children, I should be getting YOUR thoughts!
The main one for us is Halloween.
The simple answer I gave to someone who asked was this: The “fun” side is attractive, no lie. But the dark part, not so much. There is just too much darkness associated with it, and I’m not about that at all.
In other words, even amidst all the “fun” aspects of what Halloween has become to us now, there is still too much evil associated with it for me to take part.
I was thinking of including Easter as I was writing this post, but as I reflected afterwards, I currently do not have a good enough reason (at least for me and for now) to list it as a no-no. I feel the same about Easter ad I do about Christmas. Pagan roots, sure, no doubt. Call me crazy but for me those currently aren’t enough reasons to abstain, and I don’t think I would deny my children a chance to easter egg hunt at a family gathering.
Now if I, or by default my children, put a lot of emphasis on easter egg hunts and receiving Christmas presents, then I see it becoming a problem.
But I don’t really know how I would define that line.
Maybe my current stance will change, and maybe God will show me otherwise.
What I am trying to do is really understand why I’m not doing something rather than just going by what other people tell me I shouldn’t be doing, and really trusting God is His wisdom and guidance.
Now if I may ask, how do you handle holidays with your family?
I grew up not celebrating Halloween and I wasn’t even religious as a child! So if my parents could do it when I was a kid, so can you!
Thanks for the encouragement 🙂
Did your parents ever tell you why you didn’t celebrate it?
Since you did not grow up religious, I am curious to know the answer!
Did you feel left out when not participating, or did you not care?
I grew up celebrating everything under the sun, so I don’t know how I would have felt if my parents told me I couldn’t take part in any kind of holiday.