“Happy Valentine’s Day!” These three words can stir up SO many emotions. I have come to find out that there are two reactions to this phrase. The first being a huge smile, glazed over eyes, and an increased heart rate. This person is probably so excited about the day of love that they could go raid the whole Valentine’s Day section at Wal-Mart. You know, that person that likely has a significant other and is either dreaming about their first valentine’s together, or reminiscing about the previous ones and excited to see what this year will hold. The second however looks a lot different… Typically the reaction includes rolling of the eyes, frowning, and an attitude. This is normally that person who is dateless and feels loveless. It is the person that is given one day out of every year to be reminded that he or she is alone and not “special.”
I have come across these two types of people this week. Those that LOVE February 14th and those that despise it. I am living in a house full of college girls that have dates and are super excited, but then, there is the girl that I met on the bus that is going to be ignoring the day at all costs and treating it like any other day. To the first person, I want to encourage you to enjoy this day. To the men in this category, do not continue to place pressure on yourselves to “top last year,” treat you girl like a princess (like you should every day), have surprises, but remember at the end of the day it is about the two of you and your relationship. ❤ First person female: have a wonderful day, but do not fantasize and create an idea in your mind about how the day of love should play out. Go with anticipation, but do not create false expectations. Enjoy this sweet time to acknowledge the love that the two of you share.
For the men and women in category two… do not hate on this holiday. It is a celebration of love. There are bound to be people in your life: parents, siblings, cousins, friends, etc. that love you. Take this time of 24 hours and encourage and love on them! Take the focus off of eros (romantic) love and place it on agape (God’s) love and philia (friends) love. As a single woman, I can either get emotional and upset on this day and beat myself up as to why I am not on a date etc, OR I can embrace this day and even have fun with it! Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” If you feel like no one on the planet loves you, then this should show you that you have something to celebrate! God loves YOU and died for you! May today be a day of praise to the Lord and His great love for us that was shown on the cross, because we are now His children, His friends, and His beloved!
Happy Valentine’s Day,