Monday, February 1, 2010
February is here.
Welcome to February 2010! The second month of the new decade. A time for change to carry on, and processes to continually unfold. We all know what this month is for America and some other countries around the world. Out of all of my friends, I know an equal amount of people who love and dislike Valentine's Day. I myself, must say that it holds a special place in my heart. I have never had a Valentine's Day with romance or some significant other, but it is so much more than that to me.
We are called to love each other as one of the greatest commands. Even though many of us are aware of this, we get so busy and bogged down with our lives that we forget about loving others, and focus on loving self. Sometimes it happens without our noticing, it creeps in when we are exhausted or have had a hard day. Sometimes we go head first into it, quite willingly, because we think we deserve it. This is why I love Valentine's Day. No matter where you go in commercialism America, you can see hearts, flowers, and candy. It could be something that seems obnoxious and annoys you, or you can take it as a reminder to practice true love. A chance to stop for a day and think through how you might consider others more than yourself. Knowing the friends around you, think about what would best communicate love to them. Is it a gift, encouraging words, serving them in some way, a big hug, or letting them do something for you? Maybe we can even let this day overflow into everyday, and make it a way of life.
You never know how you can affect someone by loving them for a day.