I usually dread this holiday as another year that has passed where I don't have that special person to celebrate with... wishing I would have flowers waiting for me at home or a special night out to look forward to. This year, for some reason, I'm not feeling those same feelings.
I'm not sure why exactly. I do know that God is definitely working on me to be content with where my life is at in the present. And to be thankful for how He has blessed me. I'm realizing more and more that life is short. That I am called to live a purposeful life; using the gifts He has given me. And to love those who He has brought into my life.
For years, my family has been creating and exchanging Valentine cards with one another and I haven't really thought much about it. As I've grown older, I see how special that really is. It's not that there is something particularly special about this day but, that it serves as a good reminder to us (don't we all need reminders now and then?) that we are called to 'love one another'. This has become a small way that we can share how much each other means. A handwritten message says so much more that a cutesy card just can't.
I would encourage you to take the time this week to tell someone you love them... in handwritten words, gifts, or actions. Valentine's Day can be so much more than the commercialized romantic holiday it is portrayed as.
"Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE never fails." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8