Monday, February 13, 2012
Tomorrow, Being Valentine's Day...
"Personally, I think Valentine's Day is for children and the companies who sell cards and candy."
"Valentine's Day is a &*^%$# made to make single people feel badly."
"I rarely got valentines from "peers" in school, so I've always hated the holiday."
"If it helps, I think Valentine's day is totally lame, and I'm happily married."
"It's the only holiday that is built around our collective societal insecurities."
The vast majority of these came from a younger generation than mine, people who (I've noticed) tend to find it cool to criticize happy stuff.
In fact, yes, I'm probably going overboard on this, but their whiny, we-hate-Valentine's-Day (and just about everything else) comments reminded me of these Bible verses:
"They will ... hate what is good." ... 2 Timothy 3:3
"What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter." ... Isaiah 5:20
And I'll even add this: people who hate Valentine's Day lack imagination.
Why? Because they can't think or create past their it's-all-about-commercialism prejudices. They insist the holiday is designed to makes singles feel like losers and to make lovers feel pressured--and then are blocked from venturing out any farther than that.
Well personally, I believe God rather likes holidays, especially ones designed to show love toward others. All over the Old Testament, especially, He called for feasts and celebrations, some lasting whole weeks. New Testament weddings were lavish, long affairs. And dancing was present at just about any kind of joyous victory celebration (yes, dancing.).
Can we please just think outside the box? And think for ourselves, rather than allow a sad, pessimistic crowd of people do our thinking for us?
I had such fun this year mailing out my Valentines. I sent some to four dear widow ladies. Some to single women and some to married friends. I mailed out my simple Valentines to create smiles, to let others know they are in my thoughts not only on February 14th, but the rest of the year... and that they are loved by me and God.
Am I saying you must send Valentines? Nope, not unless God asks you to (then it's still your choice).
No, what I'm saying is that bitter negativity douses our ability to think clearly. How foolish to fight against something which is ultimately good! And how sad that we could have spent that same energy blessing others rather than thinking of ourselves (and our pathetic past experiences), and that we could have made it a joyous day for everyone rather than one to be dreaded or adamantly avoided.
Anything will always be what we make of it. Always.
"But the greatest of these is love." ... from I Corinthians 13