Hi Friends! With Valentine’s Day approaching in a couple of weeks, we have officially entered the “love month.” So with that in mind, we are going to talk about love over the next few weeks. Mainly I want to focus on God’s love for us, our love for Him, and how we show that love to those around us.
I want to start with a story that occurred a few months ago when my husband and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary. I am thankful to say that my husband and I don’t usually put a lot of hoopla into things like our anniversary, Valentines Day, etc. We usually recognize them. But there are no expectations, which means there are no disappointments. I think our culture often puts too much into these things. Some people (often women) get mad when the day is accidentally forgotten. I used to be that way years ago too. But I am thankful that I am not like that anymore (for the most part).
Anyway, back to the story. My husband wanted to go out to the store the night before our anniversary because he hadn’t yet bought a card. It was late, and I told him not to worry about it. And I jokingly mentioned that he could make a card. A little while later he asked if we had any generic cards around the house. We did have some blank cards, but I had a better idea. I had already bought my husband, not one, but two cards. I knew one was addressed generically, meaning it wasn’t addressed to “my husband.” It was something like “my love.” So it could go either way. Well on closer inspection I discovered that both cards were generically addressed. I really didn’t realize that when I bought them. Since they were in the “husband” area, I didn’t notice that the card didn’t actually say “husband.” Luckily I had not signed the cards yet. So I mentioned to my hubby that I had bought two cards and I could give him one of them to give to me. And that is what we did.
I am giggling as I write this, because it is quite comical to me. But I am sure some of you out there are quite aghast at the atrocity.
Here’s the thing… A card, flowers, or a box of chocolates. Those things are nice and it is fun to be surprised with them at times. But that is not love. Love is seen in the day in and day out of our routines. Love is getting out of bed when you don’t feel like it, to make breakfast. Love is taking out the trash without complaining. Love is saying thank you for the cup of coffee you didn’t have to make yourself.
During the days surrounding Valentine’s Day, many people are focused on worldly love. Unfortunately worldly love doesn’t last. So during this month (and beyond), let’s focus on showing those around us the love of God. It can be displayed in our actions, big and small, every day.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. – John 15:12
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