2 Corinthians 6:6 – By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned. (KJV)
Valentine's Day was one of excitement and anticipation back in my elementary school days. We worked on building little paper baskets or boxes for the collection of valentines from our classmates.
At home we'd choose the perfect valentine for the recipient. Perhaps the funny one went to the class jester; Friends Forever for our closest, treasured friends; anonymous ones for those we liked but weren't sure liked us; and always, special ones for the principal and teacher.
After trekking around the classroom making our deposits, it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that we checked our own baskets to see who amongst our classmates deemed us worthy of receiving one from them.
Today, there is even more pressure put upon us to remember your loved ones on Valentine's Day — so much so that one might wonder whether the expression received was given as genuine or obligatory. It is far better to say it and show it spontaneously throughout the year than in an over-abundant fashion on just one certain day.
How does this compare with our expression of faith? Do we live our lives as He says, to do unto others each day, or is it easier to save it up and dole it out in bigger doses on designated days such as Christmas, Easter or Valentine's Day?
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we thank you for these special times to remember those we love in special ways, on special days. May we remember to express our love to you, our loved ones and our fellow man each day, seeing these special days as an opportunity to augment that love, and not as an opportunity to absolve us for the remaining days of the year. In your name we pray. Amen.