I love love.
It’s the basis of the stories I write. There’s nothing I adore more than a swoon-worthy story about a man and woman falling in love.
So, you’d think I’d love Valentine’s Day, right?
Truth is, I don’t. I think it’s a semi-ridiculous holiday that’s commercialized and doesn’t really celebrate anything except spending money. It can be fun, sure, but it seems rather silly to me to feel obligated to celebrate something on one day that should be celebrated every single day.
And another truth is that not everyone has a Valentine.
There are those who are single because they are still waiting for Mister or Miss Right.
There are those who are single because they’ve chosen to be.
There are those who are in relationships that are anything but loving.
Not everyone has someone who loves them the way that God intended love to be.
Yet, we can still focus on love and let it warm our hearts and our souls.
If we’re supposed to celebrate love today, let’s celebrate LOVE. The kind that breaks down barriers and goes beyond cards and teddy bears and chocolates. Let’s celebrate the love that binds people. And let’s celebrate the ultimate Love.
Let’s celebrate the love that allows a man to escort his niece to a father-daughter dance because her father can’t attend.
Let’s celebrate the love that has a little boy deliver flowers to his favorite aunt at work.
Let’s celebrate the love of a woman being there for a friend who is going through a tough time.
Let’s celebrate the love of a solider putting his life on the line to save the life of a fallen comrade.
Let’s celebrate the love of an adult caring for his aging parents.
Let’s celebrate the love of a teacher who goes above and beyond for her students.
Let’s celebrate the love of a grown son who is helping his own father turn his life around.
Let’s celebrate the love of those who are willing to open their homes to children in need of a safe place to sleep.
Let’s celebrate the love of families serving overseas to save lives and bring the Gospel to the lost and hurting.
Let’s celebrate love.
(The above examples all came from people I know.)
Let’s celebrate the ultimate love– the love of God for all of humanity. He loves us so much that he was willing to send his son to die on a cross for our salvation.
Perhaps you’re waiting for your forever Valentine. This season of waiting can be very challenging and some of you may even question whether or not you’ll ever find someone to love you unconditionally.
Whether or not your true love will ever come in human form, the blessing of your life is that today, right now, you can celebrate a True Love in a form that is greater than can ever be demonstrated by humankind. God’s love for us is overwhelming. It’s unconditional and it’s real. It is a reason to celebrate!
My prayer for all of you, friends, is that you will celebrate today, even on this silly, commercialized holiday, whether you have a Valentine or not. Celebrate demonstrations of love all over the world–celebrate the Ultimate Demonstration of Love.
Celebrate how love changes the world, one life at a time.
Share with me: What act of love have you seen demonstrated lately that really touched your heart?