This week was Halloween. I don’t freak out about Halloween like some Christians, as I tend to like the fact that it’s one of the only times all year when I see my neighbors. One thing about Halloween that has piqued my interest this year is what comes the next day–All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints’ Day. It’s a celebration for the Catholic church and many Protestant churches that is dedicated to remembering and celebrating all those who came before us, kind of like a Christian Memorial Day.
When you choose to follow Jesus, you join a special club that is full of bad-asses. Seriously. We are preceded by a lot of people who believed what we believe about Jesus. Many of those people suffered for their faith, yet persevered to create tremendous good in the world that we still benefit from today (like schools and hospitals).
In the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, it says this: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I love that there’s at least a day set aside to remember that those of us who follow Jesus are not alone in history. We are part of an all-star team, and because of that, we should take our faith seriously and push onward to the finish line. I’m down with that and will try from now on to spend November 1 doing more than mainlining Reese’s.