Happy Valentine's Day! Or Happy Single Awareness Day as some like to call it! When I was younger this day could be a great day or a not so great day. I remember getting valentines at school and wondering if I got as many as everybody else. Did the other kids like me? It almost seemed like a competition and I felt vulnerable.
When I was older (and before I got married) I finally realized that I did not have to feel vulnerable on Valentine's Day. I did not have to feel inadequate or unloved if I didn't have a boyfriend to send me a box of chocolates! I did not have to feel bad if I didn't have a date. I did not have to feel inferior if I didn't have an answer to the question "What are you doing on Valentine's Day?" I didn't need one special Valentine to prove to anyone that someone loved me or that I was "worthy."
I don't know everyone who reads this blog. I only sort of "know" those of you who comment regularly. So I don't know where everyone is at in their life.
I do know that today is just a holiday. It shouldn't have to be a day where someone has to feel bad because they don't have a valentine. It shouldn't have to be a day where someone feels vulnerable. It shouldn't have to be a day where someone has expectations that aren't met.
I am not trying to put a downer on everyone's day today. I am just thinking of people who may not think they have a "Valentine" (whether it's because they lost a loved one or they don't have one special person in their life right now or whatever). You know what, that's o.k.
It's just a day and if you want a valentine your valentine can be whoever you want it to be. It doesn't have to be a sweetheart. It can be your mom, dad, or just friends that you may want to show love to.
If you don't want a valentine then you don't have to have one. So take today and make it whatever you want it to be. And remember that the Lord loves you dearly and that He proved it on the cross. So you do have Someone Who loves you very much. Happy Valentine's Day my friends, how ever it finds you.