Love Every Day
I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day. I pray that it was filled with love. However, I have a confession to make: we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house. Before you call me an unromantic love hater, let me explain. You see, it was more than twenty years ago that I proposed to my wife Erica on, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day. There was dinner, flowers, chocolates, and of course a ring. Oh yeah, she said yes. I guess “my wife” probably gave that away. A great memory, both romantic and love filled.
Despite the significance of the day, both of us have never been very big on Valentine’s Day as a holiday. For one, there is a reason why many people refer to it as “National Singles Awareness Day.” But more than that, my wife and I both believe that love in a relationship cannot be limited to just this one, flower and candy filled day. It feels forced. It feels fake. Love cannot be limited to just one day. If you are in a relationship, there had better be 365 days of letting them know that you love them. That doesn’t mean gifts every day, but recognition.
This is an important reminder for us as Christians. We have been given, and continue to be given, the love of God in Christ Jesus. This gift comes with a catch: its meant to be shared with others. Not just one day a year on Valentine’s Day. Not just one day a week on Sunday. God’s love for us is not dependent on a greeting card holiday. Our love for others better not be either.
Let me close by saying that I do think its great if you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Guys, don’t even think about using me as an excuse as to why you didn’t! Just make that one heart filled day be one of many love filled days. My wife and I? Trust me, we still celebrate. Every February 14 we joyfully celebrate and say to one another, “Happy Engagement Day!” And we try to make sure that not one day goes by without making sure the other is reminded of our love.