A Fresh Perspective This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It all began as a young teen in school. I anticipated being given something special from a boy to show his affection for me. It’s safe to assume all girls felt this way. Would that week’s Prince Charming prove his love for her on the special day? I learned early on that flowers and chocolate were the way to go. As I got older, I saw boys adding jewelry, too. (I still wonder where boys got the money for these outrageous gifts.)

I admit flowers and candy still bring a smile to my face. After meeting my husband, Ian, dating him, and then getting married, I learned there’s something I like even better. His sweet gifts always have cards attached. It’s those hand written words that made my heart pitter patter most.

Today, I’d like to offer a fresh new outlook for Valentine’s Day. The holiday is an opportunity to demonstrate love to someone special. Instead of only focusing on your husband or boyfriend, I propose demonstrating love like Jesus did during his life on Earth.

Jesus said,”This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Valentine's DayThink about the elderly neighbor who recently became a widow. What about the single mom working hard to make ends meet? Maybe it’s a young college student who needs a little encouragement after a busy week of studying? Whomever you chose, and you don’t have to choose just one, will be blown away and blessed.

How special that you thought of them on Valentine’s Day? You may not be able to bless every person you’d like, but you can change one person’s day for the better.

We can all learn about love from Jesus. He loved unconditionally. He loved selflessly. He loved whole heartedly.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says:

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I’ll never forget the year we delivered cookies to our neighbor. She had recently lost her husband, and my kids and I decided to make her cards and deliver cookies. When she opened the door, we simply said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Tears filled her eyes. We knew she loved our being there with our cards and treats. I later explained we thought she would be missing her Valentine and wanted to cheer her up. I’m certain my kids and I got the better gift that day.

Most years, I buy inexpensive flowers for my kids’ teachers. I love a simple gesture to show them how loved and appreciated they are. We always include a hand written card. Again, I’m hoping to instill for my kids that Valentine’s Day is not only a day to celebrate a crush or spouse, but rather, to love all people in their lives.

I hope these ideas have encouraged you to reach out and love someone. There are still a few days to think about who you can love and bless in a special way this year. Get your kids involved, too! They will love making cards and delivering treats.

Once Valentine’s Day is gone, why not remember to love one another like Jesus did year round? We don’t need a special date on the calendar to encourage us to do an act of kindness or love for someone. We can love others every day of the year!

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  1. I completely agree! I love Valentine’s Day and I am single. I see it as a day to make others feel significant. It’s almost like Christmas…giving a gift of a sincere kind word or gesture. It fills my heart to show love to others. I think that’s the way God intended it to be everyday. ? Great post!

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