Valentine’s day represents different things for different people. For some it’s an anniversary, reminding them of when they first met. For others, it’s an opportunity to experience dating for the first time.
One of the things I find interesting about the 14th February is the amount of money, time and effort people put into expressing love for the day. Don’t get me wrong putting in the effort at this time of the year saves so many relationships as well as creates new ones but it always leaves me wondering, does it cause us to get complacent in how we manage our relationships?
The truth is as special as valentine day is, I think it is always nice to remember love is greater than a feeling. Love is an expression, a song, a moment, a memory and involves relationships. Love requires seeing you and then being able to really see someone else. I believe it is important to make time for love but don’t limit it to a day. Make love a part of your everyday, toward a friend, a spouse, a colleague, a neighbour even a stranger.
Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.
– David Wilkerson
When I think of love, I am personally reminded of the grestest love I know and experience every day in my life, the love of God through Jesus Christ. When I think about how much I am loved, it inspires me to love without conditions. I realise how imperfect my love is and I am motivated to draw on His Perfect, Limitless Love because He is love in Himself.
It is difficult not to get caught up in the hype and commercialism of it all, when everything around you screams buy me to show love, get me and they know they are loved. The thing is, when the 15th February comes around, don’t be too quick to forget what happened on the 14th.
When we choose to focus on something, it will grow. Choose to focus on loving yourself and others more. Command how your actions will continue to give both yourself and others the opportunity to experience love. Decide to make love a part of your daily expression.
Valentine’s day this year for me, will be spent remembering how much I am loved without any performance or requirements, as I enjoy loving on my children and growing in love to love those in my life and around me.
If you know someone who does not have anyone to spend the day with, try and reach out to them because valentine’s day can be a lonely time, especially for those without family or friends.
Being loved is life’s second greatest blessing; loving is the greatest.
– Jack Hyles