Monday, February 18, 2008

Valentines Remembered

How was your Valentines Day? I’m guessing it may have included creating treats for the other kids in class, decorating bags and sending kind thoughts to others. If you have younger kids it may have included a sugar high, played out in a hyper kids after school. For older kids there may have been some sort of drama concerning boyfriends and girlfriends and who received a flower and who didn’t. Phew! As moms, there is a little relief when Valentines is over! On the other hand, Valentines does have a redeeming value in that it reminds us to focus on loving each other. Honestly, we should be giving the gift of love all year long, not just on Feb 14. Instead of sending candy, flowers and hearts we should be about the business of showing genuine love to others through our kind words and deeds. Paul said in his letter to the Romans, “Don’t pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:9, 10) Paul did not tell Christians to just do this on Valentines Day (actually I’m thinking Valentines Day started a few centuries after Paul anyway). So let’s decide to practice a sincere love everyday; loving both the easy to love and the more difficult to love people. Think of the transformation that would take place in our community if we made love a top priority every day of the year!

Family Fun: Instead of throwing away all the Valentines received by your kids, put them in a box near your kitchen table. Pick out one Valentine every day and pray for the person who sent it. Possibly one of the greatest ways for us to begin to love others is to pray for them. Write out Romans 12:9, 10 on a large index card and place it in the kitchen as a reminder to live loving lives everyday of the year.

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