Yesterday I wrote about treat or treating and I said that it didn’t go so well because not many people opened their doors.
Within an hour of me posting, my daughter began to tell me how her class had been talking at school about what they had done in the school holidays and so she told them about treat or treating. We had a great week doing lots of fun things, but she chose to talk to the class about when she gave things away. I was discouraged about a lack of people who had opened their doors but my daughter was excited about those who had. I was discouraged because we didn’t give away all our cakes (actually this was probably encouraging because we got to eat the rest when we got home) but my daughter was excited that we had given away some cakes.
After telling me about her treat or treat explanation to the class, she then went on to explain (because she obviously thought I had forgotten) that it is bad to scare people and so it was good that we hadn’t taken part in trick or treat.
I was measuring success by how many people we connected with, but our choice to treat or treat affected and changed my daughter’s life. She learnt more about generosity and was able to experience it for herself. She learnt that there are fun alternatives to things and that you don’t have to go along with the crowd. I learnt that blessing people is more important than how many people you bless.
Let’s not underestimate the good that we do. Jesus often turned away from crowds to minister to individuals and we should have that same love for all people.
Oh, I nearly forgot to say that when my wife arrived home yesterday that one of our neighbours saw her and shouted across the street to thank her for the cakes that were so delicious.
When I’m wrong I’m prepared to admit it. I’m sorry for saying that something didn’t go well when it did and I am grateful to my 5-year-old and my neighbour for reminding me of that people were blessed by some simple generosity.