Valentines is right around the corner, and everyone has a difference of opinion about it.
For new couples, it’s a holiday of intrigue and being excited about new love, roses, and romance. For seasoned or married couples, it’s a holiday that is either something they look forward to, or something they dread trying to figure out what to do differently this year, again, and the stress of not getting it right. For singles, it might be a holiday they wish wasn’t on the calendar, because it’s merely a reminder of their lack of companionship. For the newly separated or divorced spouse, it’s a holiday that may be a painful reminder of a love and relationship lost, and magnify their sense of loneliness.
I dare say, I bet if I took a survey, most people wouldn’t be upset if Valentines never happened again. I think I would actually fall into that category of the majority. It either puts a lot of pressure on men and women alike to meet the love/gift expectations of someone else, or it brings heartache to those longing to have a special Valentine.
But if you think about it, Valentines is really about love in general – not couples or specific relationships, and Christ loves us all in a way no human could ever do. Valentines isn’t just for lovers, is it is for those who love others. The truth is, we are all a special Valentine in God’s eyes, but sometimes we neglect to focus on the One who loved us first. When we forget how much we are loved, we might also forget how much we are called to show love to others.
In my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion today, I talked about this concept of God’s love, and how His love is even sweeter, stronger and more unconditional than a mother’s love for her own children. I shared how I used to feel when I would sing my babies to sleep, overcome with love and adoration and protection for my little ones. But even though many years have passed since my children were babies, I still feel those same feelings towards them. I don’t sing them to sleep anymore obviously, but the powerful love song in my heart for them is just as sweet as it was way back then.
As we approach Valentines day next weekend, what if we approached this concept of the ‘love holiday’ with a whole new perspective this year? What if we focused on who we could show love to, rather than just who we are or are not in love with? What if we used this holiday to share the love of Christ with someone? Or even give the the gift of our time, instead of a gift bought from the store?
My key verse is today’s Proverbs devotion was from Zephaniah 3:17 which says, “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (NLT) I loved how this verse remind us our God sings over us, just as a mama sings over her child, and that is the sweetest long we’ll ever hear in our spiritual ears.
As promised in today’s devotion, I am hosting a special Valentine’s giveaway with an gift you can enjoy and also share with someone who needs to discover God’s love song over their life. I’ll be giving away two copies of this popular and powerful worship CD to one lucky winner, packed with songs about God’s love that will inspire and change the heart.
What better way to spend Valentines day than filling our hearts with the love songs of God’s love and asking Him to let us be His hands and feet to show others that love as well? If you ask me, that’s what a holiday for love is all about.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment sharing one way you could reach out to someone and be His hands and feet this month. If you win the CD, you can follow up by giving them your extra copy!