Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day

I have my valentine.  Been married to her for over 15 years.  Nop, neither of us is perfect.  Yet we growing closer in that direction as we learn and grow and share ... you know what I mean.
 
What is a valentine?  Has something to do with LOVE.  Real love.  Unconditonal, I would hope.  Here are some thoughts:
 
1 Corinthians 13:4 (nlt) --- Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
 
Kind is what I want to be.  Jealous is what I do not want to be.  Humble is totally against pride and boasting. 
 
I think far too often that the world misses the truth of love and what it is to really love someone.  We call someone our valentine because we have a crush on them or they meet a specific need or just maybe seeing or being with that special person makes you have butterflies in your stomach.  All that can be good.  But lots of that kind of stuff goes away after a while.  Real love is like the energizer bunny that keeps going and going and going....
 
1 Corinthians 13:7 (nlt) --- Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Never gives up.  Human relationships are complicated.  Stuff comes and goes.  But people really do matter.  Jesus died for people and not for situations or organizations.  Our love and our meaning behind real love ought to be something that outlives what passes away when you get comfortable.
 
Lets give Valentine's Day a new standard.  Lets make is feel what it ought to feel.  Yes, the goooshy and fun lovey dovey stuff needs to be there (like the romance and fun in a marriage relationship), but we need to make those relationships count and make them last.
 
By the way, God is speaking to me about this.
 
I love my Julie, my Valentine.  If I was real secure in who I am, I would share with you some of the poetry I wrote for her over 15 years ago, but I will save you the misery (I did have one of my English professors read a bit of them while I was in college...he wasn't impressed).  Julie means the world to me and I do not say that enough.

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