Faith · Personal Reflection

Valentine’s Day

I’m sure you don’t need a reminder, but today is Valentine’s Day. Stores have been prepping for today for weeks. People have been planning dates or get-aways, making crafts and baking treats. Kids are shopping with their parents to buy their Valentine cards to hand out in class. Facebook is full of cheesy statuses about love. Love is truly in the air.

But some people really hate this day.

It’s hard to appreciate Valentine’s Day when you’re single. I’ve been there. It kind of sucks when everyone around you is cuddling up with their special person and you have nothing but a bucket of ice cream planned.

Couples oppose Valentine’s Day because every day should be a special day full of love with your significant other. Why should one day stand out among the other 364?

Some people claim that Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday, celebrated only to sell more candy and flowers.

A conversation with my husband yesterday got me thinking about Valentine’s Day. He asked me if we were doing anything for Valentine’s Day. I replied honestly: “I’m sorry, but I honestly haven’t gotten you anything.” He said he hadn’t either, so we agreed, no gifts. We’re both a little stressed about our budget, and every purchase seems like too much. We’re trying really hard to cut back on any spending that isn’t 100% necessary. We talked about going out to dinner, but again, that’s spending that isn’t really necessary, and he has to lead Bible study at church that evening, and I work beforehand, so there isn’t time for dinner.

So we settled for heart-shaped pancakes in the morning, and then cleaning the house to prepare for my mom’s visit (YES THAT AMAZING LADY IS COMING TO VISIT TODAY!). Romantic, right?

Sometimes I worry that Valentine’s Day is lost on me. I never really got into it. I’m not opposed to celebrating it; actually, I think it’s a good holiday. It’s one day where we all celebrate love together. Single, dating, married, young, old, men, and women all have a chance to look at the people around them, be reminded of love, and remind others of love. Why shouldn’t we celebrate that?

I agree that every day with your spouse should be special and a mini Valentine’s Day, but there’s nothing wrong with setting aside everything else for one day to celebrate the person (people) you love.

It’s also a good chance to remember what Jesus points out as the greatest commandments in the Law:

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40

Today, I encourage you all, whether you’re single or married, young or old, male or female, to use this day as a chance to follow God’s command and love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Image taken from Pixabay.

 

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