Valentine’s Day … the day to celebrate and honor the one you love.
Don’t take your “special one” for granted. If you can’t buy them a token of your affection, simply sit down and tell them what they mean to you.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
Don’t assume that they know. Perhaps they do, and that’s good. But still, take a few moments to look them in the eye, take their hand in yours, and from your own lips speak words of endearment. Give them something to tuck away forever in their heart, something that money cannot buy. Don’t be surprised if the response isn’t tears of love pouring down their face as he/she gives you a salty kiss in return.
I’ve loved and lost, but it’s a risk worth taking again. It means just as much to me to give love as it does to receive it. There’s a saying that love isn’t love until you give it away. Giving it away is the part I get the most pleasure from. I can’t do enough for the one I love. That’s part of who God made me to be.
I don’t always do it right. But I hope to recognize my mistakes, learn from them, and allow God to “polish” me in the ways that He says love should be.
I wish I could love as perfectly as God loves you and me. The “special someone” in my life deserves the best. It’s fun to let him know in little ways every day that he is on my mind and in my heart.
God’s definition of love is this:
“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” (I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13, MSG)
I trip all over myself in my attempt to selflessly love. As I focus on God, who is love, I slowly inch toward that goal.
I’ve experienced many hurts in this journey called life, and I’ve asked God many times, “Why?”
He simply responds, “You’re walking the journey I walked. You’re following in my footsteps.”
Writing has become therapy for me and a release for my troubles and my joys. I have several writings compiled in a book with this introduction:
“For as giving and receiving love replace the wasting of energy in fear and anxiety and guilt, I begin to enter into the reality of Jesus’ wholeness. He called it the new and abundant life that He came to bring us. Through acting as a member of the body of Christ, I begin to see myself as I really am in Jesus’ eyes -- beautiful though wounded, spotless while weak, forgiven, healed and whole, the beloved of Jesus, a precious child of the Father with the glory of the Spirit’s love surrounding me, filling me, dignifying me as a saint.
“Jesus has called me into a relationship with Him, and all through my life I will be His confidant, His co-worker, His friend, His playmate, His lover, the receiver of many gifts from Him, and the giver of the gift of myself to Him, the only person with whom I would completely trust a prize so precious as the self I had hidden and worked so hard to find.” (“I Am My Beloved’s … From Grief to Grace,” Publish America, 2007)
I’m a romantic at heart. I think most females are. I’ve heard it said that women are from Venus and men are from Mars. So, whether you’re a Venusian or a Martian, drop everything and go, tell your valentine just how special he/she is.
Like the song says, “Love is a many splendored thing.”