With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the pressure is on for many, if not all of us.
This is a special time of year when images of "love" are suddenly everywhere, shoved in our faces in every store we step foot in.
It seems that everyone is aiming to manipulate us into think that the color of love is red, pink, and white. Or that putting hearts everywhere and buying chocolates and flowers is the grandest gesture a person can make to declare their passion and commitment to their fellow human being.
The bible teaches:
That is absolutely beautiful, and it should be every person's person goal to strive for a love like the bible describes, but it is describing a perfect love (God's love), and we are far from perfect.
While it is wonderful to give and receive gifts and candy, during Valentine's Day it is important to remember what loves truly is.
In my opinion, true love is sacrifice.
It is about putting your needs aside and elevating the needs of those around you; this could be extended to strangers, or simply family and friends. For example; true love is waking up every 2 hours to feed your new born, or letting your spouse rest for an hour while you do the chores or make dinner. True love can also be dedicating your weekends to spending time visiting lonely strangers in the hospital.
No matter what you do, don't forget that love means being humble and respectful and kind to all in everyday situations.
Sometimes the best Valentine's Day gift can be the most simple.