My little sweeties,
Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you so, so, so very much! You bring so much joy into my life, the kind of joy that could never be duplicated or felt with anyone else. As your mother, I hope that you always feel loved in the world, but most importantly, I hope you realize that love is meant to be given and not just received.
Valentine’s Day can sometimes be a day where people are reminded of a love they desire to have. To some, Valentine’s Day is an over commercialized day that can leave people feeling as though they are not good enough or loved enough or cared for enough. It can leave people feeling bitter about the day, and even love in general. As someone who has found love, but is still learning and growing in love, there are some things I would like to share with you.
The history of St. Valentine is an interesting one. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages during a time when marriages were banned by the Roman Emperor. The emperor felt that soldiers would fight more valiantly if they were unattached. So, was Valentine a hopeless romantic? Or did he decide it was more important to glorify Christ through his strong beliefs about the sanctity of marriage? I believe it is the latter. Even if it meant death, even if it meant going against the culture of the time, Valentine was willing to perform marriage ceremonies to unite people in love and faith. His faith was the driving force behind his actions, regardless of popular culture. How inspiring!
So, in keeping that brief synopsis in mind, here are a few things I want you to know about love.
Love is more than something that should be celebrated in a commercialized fashion just one measly day a year. Love is more than a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates or some funny card you pick up at the grocery store. And yes, love is more than just the fleeting feeling of being “in love” (I’m talking butterflies and daisies, here).
Love is more than just about you. Real love….true love….agape love comes from God. It is only through receiving His love that we are able to give love to others. When you receive God’s love, love will flow from you until it touches every one you come in contact with. And instead of looking to receive love from others, you will realize that you have so much love to give.
Let His love consume you….Let His love take over your life so that you can develop into the person you were meant to be. You were made for and created to love.
The bible says many things about love, but the one that inspired me to write this to you can be found in the book of John. John 3:10-12 says,
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
The word love is mentioned 667 times in the bible…and this is no mistake. God calls us to love one another. He doesn’t call us to receive superficial love from others, or to foster an “all about me–what can I get?” mentality. He doesn’t encourage us to criticize or knock down others, even under the false pretense of doing it “in the name of God.” Extreme criticism and hatred go against the very essence of Christianity–which is to love. He calls us to GIVE love. By choosing to love others through our words and actions, we are giving glory to God in a way that makes it all about Him—and not about us. When in doubt, choose love. When we are open to receiving God’s agape love, only then are we able to choose to really give real and unselfish love to any and every one we meet.
What better gift could there be than that?