Happy Chocolate Is on Sale Day! AKA February 15.
To show how little I care about Valentine’s Day, my family gladly spent the evening freezing at the ballpark, followed by eating spaghetti at home. My son has anticipated the start of baseball season for weeks and we hate fighting crowds for food, so win-win.
In my opinion, Valentine’s is a conspiracy between Hallmark and Hershey’s to boost sales after a post-Christmas retail slump. But that’s just my theory. Plenty of people adore Hallmark-Hershey’s Day and celebrate big.
But are we making love too complicated?
Thanks to the schools and our parents, my kids got more candy, balloons and stuffed animals than they can handle for a while. And I did download a song for my daughter (okay, and me). “Love Is an Open Door.” My favorite tune from the original Frozen.
As my daughter and I danced around the living room butchering Kristen Bell‘s charming voice, The title and lyrics made think of a certain Bible verse.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20 NIV
In a way, God is saying that His love is an open door.
So many people try too hard to please God when all they have to do open the door and invite Him into their lives. He values a relationship with us way more than anything we might do in the way of works to try and live up to His love.
When we really think about it, trying to impress God seems so silly – and impossible. And sometimes we do the same with the people closest to us. I’m not saying it’s bad to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day if that’s important to you. Just that we need to focus more on quality than quantity with our love.
We should strive each day to show love to God and others, giving our best efforts toward this. At the same time, we shouldn’t put so much pressure on ourselves to “perform” loving acts.
My son made valentines at school for my husband and me. He mentioned nothing in them about what we buy him or even that we recently took him to Disney. Instead, he talked about everyday acts we often overlook as adults. I take care of him and he likes to work and play with his daddy.
Is Your Love an Open Door?
That’s the question I leave you with today. When it comes to giving time to those you love most or even a stranger on the street, do you stop and open the proverbial door of love? I’m challenging myself to do this more, too, as God knows some people are hard to love.
So let’s all be gentlemen and ladies and open the door for someone today.