I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s day. Ok that’s not entirely correct, it’s more hate than love. I think most married men can relate to those feelings. Mostly because the one word that seems to be synonymous with Valentine’s day is the word expectations. In a relationship it’s hard enough to not have expectations and around holidays they certainly seem to get ratcheted up to another level.
But what I do love, not just about Valentine’s day, but any other day for that matter is loving people. I love communicating and giving someone an experience so they know they are valued, seen, and loved just as they are.
I’ve had many conversations with my single friends who tell me how hard this holiday is for them. They often feel left out, singled out, out-of-place, and without a home.
Without a home! Can you imagine feeling that?
They have told me how even their closest friends tend to gloss over their reality and often times don’t even reach out at all. It’s in these conversations I hear both a tremendous amount of pain and a beautiful amount of opportunity to experience the gospel.
Scripture is pretty clear here, for us who believe.
So you know what would be awesome today?
Instead of withdrawing into a somewhat normal routine with all things familiar, how about you reach out to the person next to you who is feeling left out, singled out, out-of-place, and without a home.
Instead of buying the most expensive gift, or most expensive bouquet of flowers, how about you pick up the phone and call that person, take them to coffee or to a movie.
Even better, organize something with them and your family.
Show them the gospel.
Let them experience the gospel by your love for them.
Include them rather than being another reminder to them that they are different on this holiday.
That would create something truly awesome!
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