Valentine's Day. Considered by many to be the most romantic day of the year. The word conjures up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red roses, and candle-lit dinners.
It is truly, truly a day of love. But, what Valentine's Day is changes based on what your definition of love is. Valentine's Day is, in its essence, a day to express your feelings to those you love.
But, sadly, for most of the world today, they see Valentine's Day only as an opportunity to show romantic love. And even how to show romantic lovehas been distorted through the years.
But Valentine's Day isn't all about romance. It's not all about the kissy, huggy feeling you get that disappears within a few days. It's about true, selfless, sacrificial love.
Maybe today, instead of buying a box of chocolates for that guy you think is slightly attractive, you could buy some candy for your little brother.
Maybe having a tea party with your little sister will show more love than an expensive dinner at an Italian restaurant ever would.
Maybe giving your mom a card will make her happier than it would ever make your boyfriend.
Maybe your family and friends are just as worth your expressions of love than your romantic interest.
Valentine's Day shouldn't be about what you get, but what you give.
And if you're feeling down because you don't have a valentine this February, remember that you received the most beautiful, sweet, loving Valentine that's ever been sent. Can't you just picture it?
Don't forget the greatest Valentine ever sent on this day of love. John 3:16. Never forget how much you are deeply, truly loved. And show that love to those around you in return.