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Depending on the person, February 14th can represent many different things. Some may celebrate February 14th as “Singles Awareness Day.” Others celebrate “Galentines Day” with inspiration from Leslie Knope and Parks and Recreation. Others see Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate romance with their significant other. No matter how you celebrate (or choose to ignore) February 14th, the day has a certain association with love. Now that we’ve gotten past Valentine’s Day we can celebrate love and half priced chocolate without the pressure of a holiday.
We are lucky (whether we always remember it) that love does not have to be romantic. Love does not have to come from having a significant other. We can love our friends, our coworkers, our children, our pets. Celebrating a day of love is not limited to having a romantic partner. And love is not best represented by flowers or chocolate or fancy dinners. Love is much, much bigger than these things. Love is more challenging than celebrating a date on a calendar.
Instead of choosing to celebrate February 14th in a narrow point of view, let us think of ways that we can show love to the people in our lives on a daily basis. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is repeated so often that it becomes easy to skim over the truth in these verses:
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
It does not delight in evil
It rejoices in the truth
Love never fails.
May we remember to love others in this way. May we remember to ask God to help us see love the way that he sees love. God loves us this February 14th, regardless of what we did on February 13th or how we acted on February 12th. Let us rejoice in a Father who loves us so well! We are truly and deeply loved.
Our world often feels non-stop. We all have a million and one things that we can be doing at any point in time. It is hard to justify taking time for ourselves when we have so many other things that we can be doing.
We are human beings with a finite amount of energy. What we chose to spend that energy on is important. We make daily choices about where we are going to put our focus, our energy, our time. The concept of self-care easily gets lost in that shuffle.
Self-care is the idea of doing things for our own mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Self-care is the things that go into making us feel more filled instead of more emptied. For those of you that feel yourself empty by the end of the day, self-care might be an important thing missing in your routine.
For those of you who were taught to put others first and to take care of everyone around you, self-care can feel selfish or counter intuitive. Why spend time taking care of me when there is so much that needs to be done?
The truth is that self-care is designed to be energizing. It is hard to do our best work when we are tired and drained. Self care is a way to recenter and rejuvenate ourselves. Giving ourselves the appropriate amount of rest is important to our daily ministry. Jesus performed miracles and even he took time to rest. In fact, he took some time with his disciples to rest before performing his miracle of feeding five thousand.
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”” - Mark 6:30-31
Take some time to identify how you’re feeling today. Have you had a chance to eat? To sleep? To exercise? To spend some time with your Savior in a quiet place and to get some rest? Don’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can be re-energized to do amazing things!
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