Happy Valentine’s Day! Uh-oh! Did you forget? According to history.com “Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.” If you forgot to get a card for that special loved one, no problem. You can do something else – even more meaningful and memorable. Act it out. 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
I love the Valentine holiday, but not for the flowers, candy, and special dinners with flaming steak and Tiramisu. I’m not a romantic, don’t even like romance novels, but I still love Valentine’s Day. Is it because we’re two weeks closer to spring regardless of whether the groundhog saw his shadow? Or maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is lots of pink and red – the colors of joy and calm. Vibrant red for joy and shades of calming pink. Or quite possibly it’s just because there are more smiles and more happy greetings.
You might not care about Valentine’s Day at all, you might think it’s a manufactured holiday, (bah-humbug) but get into the spirit. Choose joy, demonstrate love, share positive feedback with someone, smile at everyone, practice love – February 14th is your day! It’s never too late to reach out and make someone’s day a little better just because you were kind. 1Peter 3:8 has the right idea “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
Most acts of kindness are free, costing you nothing except a few seconds of thought and a minute to act it out. Say ‘hello’ to everyone you meet and be genuinely happy about it. There is no language barrier in a smile. Smile at people you see as you walk down a hallway. Open the door for someone. Brush the snow off the car in the parking spot next to you. Let a person in line behind you, have cuts. Go ahead. Be patient, let a couple people cut in front of you. Be brave, open our wallet a little wider and donate to a food bank when you pay for your groceries.
Galatians 6:9 spells it out for us “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
A few days ago I mentioned Intenional Acts of Kindness and one reader sent me 25 ideas. I’ll share 10 of them today.
Happy Valentine’s Day!