Valentine's Day of course is a lot of fun but doing the people watching that I do (what, you do it too!), I've noticed what seems to be a mundane celebration. Maybe it's not mundane. Maybe it's more routine or ritual. While I'm sure it's true that some couple would prefer not to celebrate Valentine's day because they "love each other that much throughout the whole year," isn't that a little weak? It would be like saying, "I don't want to give Christmas presents because we give them on birthdays instead." Or, "We don't need Valentine's day because everyday of our lives I always show you exactly how much you mean to me." Seriously . . . everyday without failing?
For me, it's not a day to say "I love you" and mean it more than you do any other day. It's more of a celebration of the love that you have between you and your significant other. Love comes from God and should be celebrated. It should certainly be celebrated everyday, but Valentine's Day gives you that special chance to at least one day a year, open up, and let your significant other know just how much they really do mean to you. It's for that reason that I love Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day hasn't always been a great day for me. It isn't always a great day for many others. Growing up it seemed all my relationships ended either right before, right on, or right after Valentine's Day. February must have been my down month for relationships . . . For many others who are lonely, been through a divorce, or maybe have been widowed, Valentine's Day can be bittersweet. If I may be religious for a moment, take this day to celebrate the love of your Heavenly Father which is greater than any other love fathomable on this earth or beyond. It may not exactly be the same as having that person with you, but because of God's love, there's a promise in Christ that the separation won't last forever.
So Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. Take advantage of what's left of today. Tell the one's you love how much they mean to you. Do something special tonight. You won't regret it.