What Kind of Jack-o-Lantern Are You?

2 comments Posted on October 10, 2014

AA046588by Dianne Neal Matthews

Quizzes are popular on Facebook, although I’ve never responded to one. My most recent invitation was for “What Kind of Dog Are You?” It promised to reveal “which dog breed matches your personality.” Then there’s “What Kind of Flower Are You?” (“Flowers have personalities of their own…which one fits you best?”) And let’s not forget “What Kind of Kisser…Bird…Flirt Are You?”

In autumn it might be nice to see one about jack-o-lanterns. But in the absence of a quiz, let me suggest that we could all learn a few life lessons from pumpkins.

  • First impressions are important. One look at a jack-o-lantern tells you its personality. Some have a big friendly grin carved on their faces; others exhibit creepy, threatening frowns that would scare the fur off a black cat.

What kind of expression do you exhibit to the world? A warm, inviting smile or a look that makes you seem unapproachable?

  • You have a lot to offer. Many people throw away their carved pumpkin after Halloween, wasting the good stuff inside. That orange pulp makes delicious pies for those who take the trouble to scoop it out; the roasted seeds are a healthy snack.

Jack-o-lanterns are more than just a pretty face and so are you. You possess a unique blend of talents, skills, gifts, and abilities. Are you putting all your inner resources to good use?

  • Let your light shine. The jack-o-lanterns that we notice the most are the ones that have a candle or battery operated tea light inside. That glowing light really makes them stand out on a dark night.

This world can be a cold, dark place. Are you living in such a way that others can see your inner light?

***Final thought: Make sure you let others see your light shining today, and if you meet someone with a big, goofy grin on their face, remember that we’ve all been carved by the same Creator.

Dianne MatthewsDianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations, and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


  • 10/22/2019
    Norma Fox said:

    I think I’m a smiling pumpkin. I heard a long time ago that if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. I love your contributions to Mornings with Jesus. I read it every morning.

  • 06/21/2020
    Mary Ann Mehringer said:

    I try my best to smile and be positive with all people who I am around. I feel blessed to be able to make a difference in the lives lives of those who are struggling in their lives. Your writing are very interesting and inspiring.


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