365 days of love

Once again, it's the day of love. VALENTINE'S DAY. There are two general feelings toward this day. People either LOVE it or HATE it. There's usually no in between. I mean let's be real, Wal-Mart looks like Valentine's Day threw up in there, and I'm not gonna lie, I don't hate it. I actually looked around the other night and thought about how blessed and loved I am. It was a pretty great feeling.

On Sunday, as I was driving back to Columbus, it was the most entertaining drive ever. I first saw a heart happy valentine's balloon in the back of a car, and as I went to pass it, there were a couple of guys probably driving back to school or elsewhere. I was just picturing the face of the girl receiving that balloon (and possible stuffed animal in the lap of the passenger guy), and I couldn't help but laugh. Maybe I'm the only one who finds flowers, balloons, chocolates, and stuffed animals overrated, but I guess since the day is so special to celebrate LOVE, I would hope that guys AND girls would find that special way to express how much they care and how much they love each other. It can even be free as long as it's from the heart. The next vehicle I passed (which let me clarify that I don't usually creep at other cars, but just couldn't resist today) was a guy driving and a girl who was so close to him that she was fairly close to being in his lap. Well, yep ... of course she caught me staring (awkward) and seemed to return a little to her seat. I just couldn't help but laugh out loud for really no reason at all except that I got caught staring at that awkward moment.

Valentine's day is about showing people how much you love them ... family, friends, significant others. It doesn't matter who it is as long as you tell them you love them. Some say that Valentine's is stupid, because you should do this everyday, and on some level, I agree. Today holds a lot of emotions, hopes, fears, and doubts, and no matter what anyone says, they all want to just have someone take the time to tell them that they are loved. How simple is that? We take for granted that God created us to be relational and to crave love and acceptance. The best part is that he offers us that love and acceptance we so crave.

When we were younger, Valentine's Day was about buying little cards for our friends and getting candy from our parents. At some point in like 5th or 6th grade that changed. This day became more about the pressure put on us by the world instead of appreciating a day where we can just express our love for others. The pressure to find that special someone to share this day with can be crazy overwhelming, but until you find love within yourself and those around you, you'll never be able to fully love someone else. I'm so thankful that I have a God who loves me just the way I am, and he longs for me to turn away from my prince patrol and find myself complete in Him. As I was driving back, this song came on the radio, and my prayer for every girl is that she will find her beauty from within her heart. Our worth and our beauty are not judged upon our earthly relationships but our heavenly ONE.

Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn't straight, her body isn't fake
And she's always felt overweight

Well, little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care, your skin, your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late, you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear, they can all be washed away

By the one who's strong, can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry, all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light, He will show you truth
And again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl

What a wonderful day today is along with every other day. I choose to love today. Love who, you may ask? Everyone. even those who make it hard to love. I choose love. not hate, because if God is love, that's what I want to be too. I see today as an opportunity to show love to those who maybe aren't expecting it or feel like no one in the world cares. I feel the love of God surrounding me today as I wish everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

How will you spend this day? Will you choose love?

Learning to LOVE,