So, by the time this is posted, it will be Valentine’s Day! (I am currently writing this in red pen on a legal pad…yes, the red is for Valentine’s Day.) Happy Valentine’s Day!
I don’t care if you have been single for fifteen years or have been married to your high school sweetheart for twenty, each and every one of you probably have strong feelings about February 14th. These feelings probably begin the moment you see that red, heart-shaped balloon at the grocery store or hear the advertisement about the roses from a local florist on the radio. The pink, the chocolate, the hearts, the flowers…I know something is going on in your head. Valentine’s Day evokes emotion, but for a lot of people, it evokes the opposite emotion of the one intended!
In my life, I have encountered people who love Valentine’s Day and people who strongly dislike it. Regardless of relationship status, you love it or you strongly dislike it.
Those who dislike Valentine’s Day say that it is simply a Hallmark Holiday; just another day for people to exercise their consumerist ways. I have also heard that this day reminds those who do not have a significant other that they are single. The list goes on…
As for people who love Valentine’s Day, I am totally one of them! (Go ahead, those of you who have dreaded today, judge me.)
I love love in general…all kinds of it! I love loving people, I love being loved by people, I love brotherly love, I love romantic love, shall I continue? My goal is to show love to everyone I come in contact with every day. (Do I always meet this goal? Of course not! I’m working on it.)
Love is the greatest thing we have; the fact that we have a day dedicated to celebrating love (romantic or not), in my mind, is pretty cool. Have we gone overboard with this holiday in some areas? It is a definite possibility. Don’t let that keep you from embracing the day anyway! Enjoy eating candies shaped like a heart and wearing red and pink on the same day! (It is most likely this is the only day you will get away with it.)
This Valentine’s Day, I challenge you to fall in love with loving. Look past the flaws you may or may not see with this holiday and just show love to everyone you possibly can! Keep in mind, there are so many looks of love; I am not suggesting you buy your barista a dozen roses (but if you do, I want to hear about the outcome), a kind smile and warm greeting while patiently waiting for your coffee should suffice. Text your grandma. Hug your friend. Bake some cookies to share. Hold the door for the stranger walking a bit behind you. I can guarantee that showing love to people will make this day a great one. Challenge accepted?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a