Today is my favorite holiday of the year! I know as a Christian I should probably say it’s Christmas or Easter, but I have to admit it’s actually Halloween.
It goes back to my high school days when I turned the basement of our house into a spook house that Walt Disney would have been proud of.
For 10-cent admission I would scare the living bejeebers out of every kid that dared to enter my domain.
My mom would collect the money at the top of the staircase and I would be downstairs running the show. One poor girl named Margaret only lasted about five seconds before she went screaming back up the steps.
My mom graciously said, “Here Margaret, you can have your dime back.” But Margaret just yelled, “Keep it and buy milk for your children!” as she ran out the front door. I guess she thought we were poor since we had seven kids in our family.
Fast forward to today and my spook house days are long gone. Now, on Oct. 31 I set up a series of skills challenges in my front yard and make the kids earn their candy. They have a blast and its music to my ears to hear an 8 year old turn to his mom or dad and say, “That was awesome. I can’t wait to come back next year.”
God has given me a life-long love for entertaining kids. They call me “Mr. B” and on any given Sunday afternoon you can see me heading to the park with my wiener dog and about six or seven neighborhood kids. We climb trees, have races, and play tag on the playground equipment.
My favorite movie of all time is “Chariots of Fire.” In one scene, Eric Liddell’s sister is worried her brother is losing his focus on God’s calling on his life. He responds by saying, “Sister, you worry too much. I know God has made me to be a missionary to China. But he also made me fast; and when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Some people roll their eyes when they see a 56-year-old man playing with a bunch of second-graders. But that’s OK, because when I can help kids laugh and have fun I feel God’s pleasure.
We all have a role to play in the body of Christ. I hope you’ve found your niché where you sense God smiling down on you. Happy Halloween!
• Brad Butler is a PGA golf pro who attends Mountain Park Community Church in Ahwatukee Foothills. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.