Is Valentine’s Day Just Another Greeting Card Holiday?
What do you think–is Valentine’s Day just another holiday concocted by the greeting card companies? Does it exist just to remind those without a special someone of that fact (as if the reminder were really necessary)?
For the sake of argument I did a little research on the origin of Valentine’s Day. What I discovered according to history.com was:
…some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Regardless of who or what started this holiday, the reality is: it exists.
So, what does Valentine’s Day have to do with us, as believers? What should we take away from Valentine’s Day? Should we just let it be or could it serve as an important reminder in spite of our relationship status?
During my college years, I read and heard all the Christian single women antidotes encouraging me to let God be my “main squeeze.”
Even now it sounds hokey. Is God really going to be anyone’s Valentine? Can He really take the place and meet that need?
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Whether you’re married, single, in a relationship or whatever your official Facebook relationship status happens to be–Listen Up! As hokey and Jesus-jukey (Yes, I just invented a new word) as it might seem–God commands us to love Him more than any other.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’–Mark 12:30
Is it weird to think of God as the peanut to my butter? Yeah, a little. However, it serves us well to recognize no one–no single person can fill the giant God-shaped, eternity-longing void in our heart.
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Additionally, God is the jealous type. God wants you to go all John-Legend on Him. He wants all of you loving all of Him. Because, I assure you, all of Him loves all of you.
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This “thing” with you and God–is it real? Are you all-in? God has put His cards on the table–He’s claiming you as His Valentine.
If this Valentine’s Day you’re loving your sweetie, love them well. Love them best by allowing God to always have first place in your heart and life.
If this year’s Valentine’s Day isn’t all you hoped for, don’t buy into the lie that any one person can fully meet your needs. Only God fully satisfies. He’s the only ONE. He’s always been the ONE.