Halloween, that one day holiday where we dress up and celebrate All Saint’s Eve. The history of the holiday is a whole story of its own but that’s not what I am focused on this morning. You see I just returned from our Sunday morning church service and having dressed up as everyone was asked to do, this revelation found its way home with me.
Our minister had posed this question “If you could dress up as someone, who would it be?” He had chosen Batman and had explained why that had significance in the moment and for him personally. You know, super hero, good guy. His point was that we all are someone else behind the mask we wear.
There I was sitting in the pew, dressed as the picture above shows. It dawned on me, that if I looked in the mirror, it would be my father’s reflection that I saw. On further contemplation, I also dawned on me that it was a more subliminal choice of costume than I had realized.
My father was by many an account, a relatively quiet person. He went about his business and quietly made his way in the world. He raised six children, ran a dairy farm and held multiple odd jobs in government and labor. Even though we probably had far less money than many we knew, we never felt poor or wanting. All the while, my dad was a man of service. Service in the positions he held, service to his farm community and service to his church. The quiet man left a huge footprint.
It was fitting that I had without thinking about it donned the clothes he would have worn and in that moment of contemplation, I had come to realize more than ever before, how much of an impression he had on my life. So many things that we do in life, so many mannerisms and characteristics can be traced back to someone who left their imprint on our life. I believe that with that realization comes a better understanding of who we are and maybe even who we are meant to become. We reveal the someone behind the mask.
My question for you this Halloween is who would you dress up as? No matter who it is, take a little time to consider the significance of your choice. Then, remove the mask and try to become that person. My hope for you is that your choice will be some super hero with super powers and that you will strive to use those powers to become a super you.
Happy Halloween and thanks for reading.