Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It's a day that conjures up images of pink and red hearts, chocolate decadence and romanticized perfection. We have lots of happy associations with it, such as the construction paper hearts that were tucked in our school desks or the packets of miniature confections stamped with messages such as “Be Mine”. But Valentine’s Day also elicits unpleasant associations.
The day can be met with some unpleasant associations - both in men and women. Guys usually dread it. It makes them feel awkwardly obliged to fulfill Hallmark’s fantastical imagery. For women, it evokes expectations that, if looked at objectively, are unfair and unrealistic. Truthfully told, Valentine’s Day invites feelings of dissatisfaction, resentment, and isolation.
But the holiday holds so much potential if we strip away the commercialized hype and look at what l-o-v-e really spells out for us. It could offer a lot more positive possibilities - for everyone.
When we examine the fullness of the word “love”, we see that it stretches far beyond the limitations of Rom-Com movies and Hallmark greeting cards. It implies weightier ingredients that encompass every human relationship - regardless of their “relationship status”.
One ancient Biblical text helps magnify its broader application:
"Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up..."
( Excerpt from I Corinthians 13 TPT)
I wish we could reinvent Valentine’s Day! Can’t you just imagine how much better it could be if we took a day to celebrate a fuller definition of what love is? Because, in the words of the poet, Rumi,
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
How different would your Valentine's Day look if we magnified the meaning of "love"?