First things first: I don’t mind Valentines Day.
Though we don’t make a big day of it at Casa De Caudell, we don’t have issues with those who do. If handled well, it can be a beautiful day full of kindness, thoughtfulness and yep…romance (wooo!)! After all, the first human friendship recorded in Scripture was that of a man and his bride. So, yes, Valentines day…however I you may celebrate it…CAN be awesome.
I’m not posting here to pick apart anyones romantic plans and certainly not to expound on the dangerous mythology conjured up by the image of arrow wielding cherubims (c’mon, who has time for that?!). Not at all. I’m just writing this quick post to offer some Pastoral perspective on how to have the best Valentines Day possible.
Ready? Here goes…..celebrate love daily. Express it daily. Live it daily.
That’s it. Celebrate love today and on the 15th, 16th 17th….you get my drift, right?
Pastor Paul and I were talking yesterday about this and he stated (in effect), “Valentines is ok unless it becomes a crutch. Instead, let it be another excuse to exhibit love”. I agree with that. I’d go a little further and say that the only time I’d have a problem with Valentines day is if the expression of love that we offer today wasnt offered yesterday and wont be offered tomorrow. Now, that doesn’t mean we send flowers or chocolate to her office daily (although, that’d be nice, wouldn’t it?…not the flowers, they die, I’m talking chocolate!!!). I’m just saying that we have a great opportunity EVERY DAY to express our love for one another in a tangible fashion. Doesnt have to be elaborate or expensive, just thoughtful, kind, caring, grace-filled every day expressions of our love.
So from A Pastoral Perspective, Happy Valentines today…and tomorrow.
“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing” – Ist Corinthians 13:1-3
Soli Deo Gloria – Pastor Kyle