Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and the relationships that mean the most to us. However, there are many reasons we may not enjoy Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you have been perpetually single or you hate the commercialism that comes with flowers and chocolates. You may even wonder what the point of trying to enjoy Valentine’s Day is. However, with a little bit of adjustment in our thinking, we can not only have a better attitude about Valentine’s Day but use it to spread God’s love to others.
Celebrate the Love You Have
When you watch everyone around you enjoying their relationships, it is easy to feel left out or alone. If this is the case, it is important to take stock of what we do have. We need to appreciate and cultivate any relationship that helps us feel loved. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship; it could be a close friend, family member, or co-worker. God has placed people in our lives to help support and strengthen us. Sometimes, we just need to open ourselves up to the people already around us.
So, make plans this Valentine’s Day to be with people. Host a dinner, go out to a movie, or even do something small. If you need to, call up your family or use electronics to connect with those far away.
If, for some reason, you feel there is no one to connect with, spend some time connecting with God. His love never fails and can be a source of solace in times of loneliness. Through the infinite love of Jesus Christ, our hearts can be made whole, no matter our circumstances. You have the love of God.
Share Love With Those in Need
At its best, Valentine’s Day is a day to express love, rather than receive it. God gives us opportunities every day to serve. There are people all around us that can use our help. Through service, we can not only share our love but the love Christ has for all men. If you’re lonely or single on Valentine’s Day, consider spending the day serving. Genuinely express love to those that mean the most to you. Prayerfully consider those in your life who may also be lonely and need some company. Hold a service project. Visit widows or a nursing home. Babysit for a needy couple so they can have a date night. Call up a friend you haven’t talked to lately.
By focusing on others, we will find our own hearts being filled.
Show Yourself Some Love
You should know: you are awesome! It doesn’t matter your relationship status. You deserve love and that includes self-love. This Valentine’s Day, pamper yourself! Do something you love and makes you feel good. We often get self-deprecating when we feel lonely. Try to focus on what is right rather than what is wrong with you. Extend yourself some mercy. God does. In you, he only sees potential and he excitedly awaits us to live up to our privileges and understand who we really are.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.