Just had another thought today, as everyone on campus seems to be talking about what their Valentine’s Day was all about: what they did, what present they received from their significant other, where they went to dinner, etc. etc. etc. And I started to wonder if many people know at all what the purpose of Valentine’s Day really is.
It seems so easy to make Valentine’s Day out to be this “Hallmark Holiday”, and it seems that so many in our society do just that. We focus so much on the “stuff” that we give and receive, we forget about why we are giving the stuff in the first place. Instead of thinking about the box of chocolates that we are about to give to our significant other, maybe we should take a minute to think about why that gesture is important in the first place.
In reality, Valentine’s Day is about love. It is about showing love to one another, romantically or otherwise. It means showing love to our husbands and wives, our boyfriends and girlfriends, our siblings and our parents, our friends and our teachers, but also showing love to everyone – even those individuals that are the hardest to love sometimes.
My favorite description of love is a well known verse from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
If we could apply this magnitude of love to others, a love that is kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not selfish, not easily angered, truthful, protecting, hopeful, perseverant, and never failing, not only on Valentine’s Day, but everyday…imagine what a wonderful place the world would be.
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day Everyone!