February 15, 2013

Unconventional Valentine's Day

For all of you that I didn't see yesterday, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! What is Valentine's Day? Is it a reminder not to take your loved ones for granted? A time to buy candy and flowers for your girlfriend or wife? Is it a time to remember and mourn because you DON'T have someone to love? What do you think? 

I think it is all of those, but really none of those. Especially for the people that feel lonely on this day for no other reason than the fact that it is Valentine's Day. People need to remember that this day does not mean anything about them! If you have someone special in your life, you should thank them EVERY day, not just on Valentine's! And if you don't have "someone", think about what you're saying for a minute. Think about your friends, your family who love you so much. Thank them everyday. 

For most of us, whether single, married, divorced, or anything in between, Valentine's Day may remind us that the love we have with people is not perfect. Well here's some truth - - It is NOT SUPPOSED TO BE PERFECT! If our love for each other was perfect, we would not need God to love us perfectly. All of life's disappointments, including break-ups and broken relationships, reminds us that this earth is not our home. Through our mess-ups, God is continually molding us to be the servants he wants us to be. People who know they can't be perfect, but trust God to help make them better at loving Him and others. 

So maybe even though I don't really like Valentine's Day for some reasons, it is a good thing that it exists. It's not pointless consumerism. It is a reminder of our sin and our GREAT God who loves us enough to die for us and wants to have a personal relationship with us! He is revealing himself to us each and every day, and if we listen just a little bit we can hear him whispering in the quiet moments. 

- A

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