My boyfriend doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day. I mean, he knows it exists, he just feels it’s commercialized the fact of loving someone. He says “why do I have to express my love on one particular day? It should be celebrated every day!” Now, it could be he doesn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on some roses for this particular day, or he could be right! Love should be celebrated every day!
Doing something special for someone, regardless of relationship, is a sign of love. I pay the cell phone bill for my two sons, not because I have to, but because I love them. I call and talk to my sister at least twice a week, not because I have to, but because I love her and want to catch up with her life. I wish my friends on Facebook “Happy birthday” because I hope they have a great birthday. I do all of these things because all of these people are important to me and I love them!
When I was growing up, as a teenager my mom would tell me “I don’t like your behavior right now, but I will always love you”. I remembered that as I raised my own kids. Whether it’s a parent/child or a spouse, there are times when you’re not happy with one’s behavior, but you still have love for that person. I try to use this same philosophy with every person in my life; friends, co-workers, family, and even strangers.
The Bible uses the word “love” throughout. God had everlasting love for his son, Jesus Christ, who also had everlasting love for all humans. Following the footsteps of Jesus Christ, I try to show love in some fashion to everyone I come across. There are different ways to show love that can apply to anyone. There are five love languages to express love to other people in your life; words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, giving gifts, and physical touch.
Showing love doesn’t have to be only one day a year. Small gestures can express love in many different forms. Setting a daily goal to show love to others will soon become a part of your daily routine.