Valentine's Week. A day people set aside to shower one another with gifts, flowers, and candy. Not my family, though. We wait until the day after, where everything is 50% off or more. My hubby and I started doing that shortly after we were married. One year, before our tradition began, he bought me a single red rose for over $25! I appreciated the thought, but that's just ridiculous! And so, our yearly tradition began.
Valentine's Day symbols the kind of love we ought to be sharing year round. Lately, Chris and I have been saying this to our boys, "Are you loving your neighbor as yourself?" If you think about it, we love ourselves quite a lot. Are we showing that kind of love to others? What about putting people's needs before our own? As a mom, we do this a lot. But, I can tell you, I don't do it with a loving attitude. I do it out of necessity. After all, if I decided when my boys were young that I was going to feed myself before I nursed them and made them suffer, that would seem cruel. So, I would take care of their needs and let my food get cold. Most mothers can attest to doing this. But how's my attitude? When I do things that are loving for my family or others, am I grumbling and complaining? That sort of takes away the action, doesn't it?
I can be honest and say it's hard to love others. It doesn't come naturally for most of us, yet we are called to do it. Truthfully, we are more than called, we're commanded. "Love as I have loved you." Hm. I do not exhibit Christ's love very much. An area I need to work on.
So this Valentine's Day and week, remember not to only love those when it is easy. But love others as we love ourselves, as Jesus loves us.