It’s no secret that today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. I have to be honest; I’m not a big fan of Hallmark holidays. Society telling us what love is and what we need to do to show it. Roses, candy, cards, and fancy dinners are naturally the only way to show someone you love them, right?
Wrong. I’ll admit gifts are fun to give and receive and are a way to show love. However, they aren’t the only and might the best way though. We’ve all heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”, I believe this wholeheartedly. Using the same logic we could say, “Love is more than gifts, cards, flowers, etc”. Let’s back up, I don’t these things are necessarily bad or wrong. Maybe we should start by defining love.
What a loaded question, “What is love?” People have been trying since the dawn of time to define love. According to dictionary.com there are over 20 definitions for the word “love”. It’s both a noun and a verb. These are not including biblical, theological, pop culture and societal definitions of love. To me there are many types of love. We love everything from intimate objects to being in love and maintaining intimate relationships. Love is something that everyone longs for and needs.
One of my favorite ways to look at love is to take a look at the Bibles take on love. By looking at 1st Corinthians 13 we learn that without love we are nothing. Not just the intimate type either. I would like to challenge you to show a partner, a friend, a stranger, the world love. Let’s go beyond flowers and gifts and let our acts of love be known not only on Valentine’s Day but every day.
Have you shown your love lately? Tell me in the comments.