I’d like to propose a toast. Grab a can of Pepsi, some hot chocolate, your Nalgene bottle—any beverage nearby will do—and let’s drink to . . . the best Valentine’s Day yet!
Ah, that was good, wasn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I’m expecting February 14, 2012, to be spilling over with blessings . . . and I want the same for you!
If you live near Niles, Michigan, and don’t already have plans, you’re welcome to stop by my home Valentine’s Day evening. You’ll find women of all ages and backgrounds wearing their favorite jammies and feeding on my momma’s tasty homemade pancakes. I’m asking God to send the lonely and to treat them to fun, meaningful interaction with others rather than spending a solitary evening in front of the TV. And, in the process, I expect that reaching out to these women will shift my focus off of me and serve as a practical step toward preventing self-pity.
And I’m not just limiting my Valentine’s Day celebration to February 14. The weekend before, several teens are coming over for a sleepover. After makeovers, a photo shoot, and supper, we’re going to make homemade cards for the widows in the church and deliver them the next day. I’m especially looking forward to sticking around to hear a few of these women’s stories and to learn from their lives!
There simply is no time for a pity party this Valentine’s Day with all these other parties to prepare for. Cards need to be written, menus planed, and my house cleaned from top to bottom.
How about you? How is Christ’s love compelling you to reach out to the people He has such a heart for-the poor, needy, widows, orphans, children, foreigners, elderly, and lonely? Why not begin making plans now? I’d love to hear how you intend to bless others this year. Whatever you do, I’m convinced that your cup will end up full and spilling over. Happy Valentine’s Day!
"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’" (Acts 20:35, emphasis added).