Today is Valentine’s day.
Being generally opposed to commercialism, my wife and I don’t support Valentine’s day. I don’t need mass-marketing to tell me that I should express love to my wife, and the fact that I am told I am supposed to do something on a given day turns the act into an obligation, not a spontaneous gift.
I wouldn’t normally even write a Valentine’s day-featuring post, however I just heard a story which deserves repeating.
I met a woman who lost her husband to an aggressive form of cancer; from diagnosis to death was just ten weeks.
I cannot begin to imagine the immense rush of emotions that this situation would cause. The loss of a spouse would be brutal under any circumstances, but the less warning the worse it would be.
The truth is we never know how long we have on this earth. It may be a life longer than the average, or it could be that this is our last day.
If you are fortunate enough to be married, then bless that relationship by investing in it daily. Each and every day should be a day where your spouse is reminded – in word and action – of your love. Show them love by communicating it to them in the way that they receive it, not just the way that you want to receive it. (Don’t know what I’m referring to? Read ‘The Five Love Languages’ or better yet ‘His Needs, Her Needs’).
Married or unmarried, then make an effort to regularly communicate your love and appreciation to your friends and family. If they were gone tomorrow, what would you wish you had said today?
Life is too short to hold onto bitterness and unforgiveness, which does more damage to you than anyone else. Wake up thankful for each day, and resolve to go to bed each night with no regrets and no important words unsaid.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8