Generally on this blog, my goal is to encourage readers. I want to point you toward God and His great love for you. But today, I’m going to delve headfirst into controversy.
I think instead of mincing words, I’ll just come right out and say it:
Happy Valentines Day!
Did you know that—discounting movie trailers (that I didn’t watch) and possibly things aimed at kids—it’s actually easier to find anti-Valentines Day videos online than anything fun, quirky and (gasp!) celebratory?
A lot of blog postings and articles also come out against the day, or at least don’t mention it positively. I’ve read about first dates gone bad, horrible break-ups, and why Valentines Day is just a rubbishy made-up holiday anyway.
I understand. I do get it. There are many for whom February 14 is simply a reminder that they’re alone, perhaps have lost a loved one. It can be a painful time for some.
But does that mean no one can celebrate?
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. If you’re in a relationship, show your love to the other person—but don’t stop there.
Maybe today, instead of being totally wrapped up in that special someone, or worrying that your knight or lady has not yet appeared, you can reach out and share some love with others. Write a note to that person you haven’t seen in awhile. Buy a coffee or soda for that person in line behind you. Find a friend who is alone and invite that person to lunch.
Ultimately, love comes from God. One of life’s joys is sharing that love with others. So why not celebrate that today?
Because what’s the point of a day celebrating love if we don’t share it?
And just a reminder … God’s love for you is high and deep and ridiculous … and personal.
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. –Psalm 36:5