Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day: Give Unexpected Love to Someone Today!

I love holidays.  Even ones like Valentine's Day that are highly commercialized. But, you don't have to buy big balloons, overpriced flowers, and an expensive dinner to enjoy the day with those you love.  Simple tokens of love mean just as much.

Our pastor is doing a series on intimacy at church, and a few weeks ago when the topic was on being single, our pastor urged us to look around our network of friends and loved ones.  If that group of people looks just like us, it's time for a change.  The challenge is not to just find token representations of diversity in our life, but to engage with those in our lives we may have previously ignored because they seem too different from us to connect with.

I think Valentine's Day is a perfect time to start thinking about people in our lives who might need an extra reminder of your love.   A small bar of chocolate on a neighbor's door step, a card telling someone how much they mean to you, or a gesture inviting a coworker you don't know very well out for coffee or lunch.

What can you do to brighten someone's Valentine's Day and remind them that they are loved?

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