“Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Although this isn’t a super-celebrated holiday in my family, I still heard this phrase mixed in with our conversations this morning. The kids will exchange Valentines with their friends and I do plan on making a special dessert for our dinner tonight, but, all in all, we keep this day pretty low-key. From the buzz in the blog world this week, it seems we are not alone in this.
I, of course, believe love is amazing. Love is “shout it from the roof top” awesome. But an important lesson we try hard to instill in our children, is….
Love isn’t romantic dinners and poetic cards.
Love isn’t flowers and candy.
Love isn’t expensive jewelry.
Love isn’t merely saying “I love you.”
Anyone can give a gift, it doesn’t define who loves us, but it is something loved ones can do.
We try to show them that all of these things are fun, and it’s ok to enjoy them, as long as they know……
Love isn’t tangible.
Love lives in our hearts.
Love is a gift from God. His love makes us complete. This is why we must love. (1 John 4:7-12)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
I write this post, not to cast a gray cloud over the day, but to be that little reminder we all need some times.
Love is more than words and things.
Love is those little things you do everyday.
Some times love is all captured in a look. Completely unspoken, just felt.
Felt with every bit of your being.
While you celebrate with your Valentine today, take a moment to really feel the love, because love is truly the best gift of all.
For more on love, in scripture, check out these verses:
- John 3:16
- 1 John 3:1
- 1 John 3:16
- 1 John 4:7-12
- John 15:13
- Romans 5:8
- Romans 8:37
- Ephesians 3:18-20
- Ephesians 5:1
Do you have a favorite love verse or saying? If you have a blog post about love or Valentine’s Day, feel free to post a link in the comments!