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We are training our children to be thoughtless. I am training my children to be thoughtless and wasteful. Take the socially accepted caricature of Valentines Day, add to it the socially accepted caricature of marriage and it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out why we have such a high divorce rate.
I know what Love is. It's a sacrifice and not just a minimal financial one. It's a choice to be gracious every day. It's a verb, not some fleeting concept that is synonymous with my hormone levels and emotions. Love is more thoughtful and more beautiful than a fist full of roses grown and harvested by someone other than yourself for just this occasion. Love is sweeter than a box full of chocolate squares.
It's unique and special and Valentine's Day, as we celebrate it, has turned it into a product that can be uniformly manufactured on a mass scale and distributed to anyone with a buck in their pocket, but in reality if you want to really show someone you love them, $1 will just not do.
I believe in Love, I celebrate Love, I express Love, I accept Love, I share Love - and I do all of this all year round.
If Jesus is the picture of Love, which He is, then how can anyone accept this fake representation of something that is so sacred.
I leave you with this: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." John 15:13
Today and every day so many single, divorced, abandoned, lonely, hurting and bereaved people will drive home and wish they were loved because the great mistress of Valentine's Day says they are not. Jesus says that they are and not just that they are loved, but they are loved more than anyone.
You see, I'm not hating on Valentine's Day or anyone that celebrates it, heck, I even wore a dress with pink polka dots on it today. I cherish love. But to me, love becomes a prostitute every February 14th and that makes me sad.