Celebrate Love

Ahhh Love.

A four-letter word that our culture is obsessed with finding and falling into. Millions of songs, poems, fairy tales, and the like have been written all about it. I have a slightly embarrassing confession to make. I’m not proud of this, so try not to judge. For YEARS my mom, little sister, and I have all been huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fans. Get this… at the beginning of a few of the seasons we put each Bachelor’s information on sticky notes, posted them on a wall in our living room, and put each of our top picks at the top of this “Bachelor tower.” Every week as they’d get eliminated, we would put a huge “x” on their sticky note. I called the “winner” from night ONE during one of the seasons…but of course the couple broke up a couple of weeks later…and I wasted WEEKS of my life watching. This show is completely and utterly RIDICULOUS, but I cannot help watching simply because it intrigues me sociologically and psychologically…how 25 men or women can compete to win the heart of one person astounds me! I note in my mind a thread of commonality between each season…You cannot even count the number of times people on the show say, “I’m just here to find love.” The tears flow as they load up into the limousine after being rejected because LOVE was their whole goal, but it slipped away again. Finding “true love” in another human seems to be their goal in life.

Call me crazy, but I think out culture has lost it! Our definition of love is completely skewed. Tyler made a good point about the Bachelor the other day…he said, “Oh, I feel so special…the Bachelor JUST kissed 15 other girls today. That’s less than last week.” What about that is special? What about that screams LOVE? I hate to break it to you, but that is NOT love! Satan continually twists our idea of love. So, we must decipher.  What in the world IS love? We hear this all the time, but try to see it with fresh eyes…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

How beautiful is that? Jesus is the PERFECT example of love. Instead of making it our quest to find “true love” like in the storybooks (or the Bachelor) this Valentine’s season, let’s just celebrate LOVE! Celebrate patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility. Celebrate our Risen Savior and the GREATEST love story (that’s actually REAL) ever written! Bless someone this season…encourage someone’s heart! Here are some ideas for celebrating love this LOVEly season:

  1. Make a plate of sugar cookies to share with neighbors, friends, church members you hardly get an opportunity to talk to.

Here’s an easy yummy recipe to follow! Valentine’s Cooke Recipe

  1. Grab your sweet kiddos and make homemade cards to send to grandparents, friends, or any other family!

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  1. Paint a meaningful canvas with your kiddos. Little Liam and I painted one with his hands and feet so I can remember just how small they were this time of year.
  2. Paint with your kids and talk about love.
  3. Write a letter to someone you know is hurting, needs encouragement, or you haven’t spoken to in a while. Oh, and send it via snail mail!
  4. Host a LOVE themed party for your friends or your children’s friends. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest!
  5. Have someone over for a home cooked meal. This always warms the insides (and the heart) right up!

There are countless ways to celebrate love this season! We may be bombarded by a culture that has completely skewed the true meaning of love. We need to be reminded of the true love we find in Jesus Christ, and make it a point to celebrate real, authentic love! Enjoy this season!