Thursday, February 13, 2014

t3 (+2) not your typical v-day

Tomorrow is the day we have been waiting for. Tomorrow is the day all of the planning and the dreaming and the dreading come to an epic climax as we realize that we may once again watch our favorite television program without commercials for engagement rings or walk into Walmart without gagging at the number of pink teddy bears. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day or as some like to call it, Single Awareness Day.

I’ve discovered people tend to go one of two ways when it comes to Valentine’s Day: 

#1 They absolutely love it and all it represents. Decorations, chocolates, cards, stuffed animals - you name it, they love it.

#2 They absolutely loathe it and all it represents. These people will commonly say things along the lines of, “Shouldn’t we show our special someone we love them all year around?” or “I don’t need another reminder that I’m single.”

So, for those thriving—or anguishing—on this highly debated holiday, I suggest we look at it another way: As just one more opportunity to show ALL the people we love just how much they mean to us. For those who still aren’t following, you can spend the day showing just how much you...

If Jesus is the Bridegroom and the church is his bride, then you are caught up in a love story far greater than any Hallmark movie. Set some special time aside tonight to worship the One who loves you unconditionally. Find a quiet place, grab his Word, and spend some time reading the greatest love story of all time.
Not to be rude, but… when is the last time you called your mom? {Guilty as charged right here!} Whether you are BFFs with the family or you try to avoid those awkward phone calls altogether, take some time tonight to show your family you love them. Maybe set up a Skype chat or send them a card through the mail. Whatever you decide, I am sure it will make their day.

It is so easy to get caught up in the prospects of your dating life or the romance with your significant other that you forget that there’s a great group of people that surround you and pour into your life. Show them the love by planning a special night with memories that will last forever. Cook them dinner, go to the rock-climbing gym or try something new and spontaneous. Just do not forget to tell them how much they mean to you.

Instead of becoming more aware of how single you are or how much chocolate you’ll be receiving from the boyfriend, be aware of those nearby that really need some TLC. That could mean visiting the nursing home or spending some time at the local homeless shelter. It could mean giving someone a ride or paying for the next table’s meal. Find a way where you can serve and love someone in need today.

Tonight would be a perfectly acceptable time to show yourself some lovin’. Use it to catch up on some much needed sleep. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself. Go shopping and splurge on that sweater you’ve been wanting. Or, prepare your favorite meal for dinner—even if it is Lucky Charms cereal. Watch your favorite movie in your favorite pajamas with your favorite candy. Just make sure it’s not a pity party - celebrate being you!

So, yes, you can argue that these are things you should be doing all year-round. But, really, how many of you will? I think this is just a great reminder to go the extra mile and celebrate the One and the ones that make this life truly worth living. And why not do it with chocolate-covered caramel and fluffy pink teddy bears?

1 John 4:19

How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day?



  1. Yes!! I'm a pro-Valentine's Day kind of girl, and I don't even eat chocolate and I don't like stuffed animals. (yeah, I know, weird.) But LOVE is worth remembering, it's worth celebrating, and yes, you can show love to people in your life every day of the year...and that includes Valentine's Day. :) And seriously, when the long-distance relationships come in, it can be all too easy to just brush them aside and procrastinate, but taking the time to contact people and remind them that you love them is worth it.

  2. I love YOU! :) We're just gonna veg on the couch and watch shows together. :)

  3. This was so good! I think we have the same view point on Valentine's Day =)

  4. I love this post! I'm spending it low-key at home with my husband and our fur babies =)