Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentines Day 2016 Love Thy Neighbors #valentinesday2016

If you think that Valentine's Day is just an over-commercialized holiday that is generally pointless since we should be showing our loved ones that we care about them 365 days per year, I totally get you. Falling for the sappy chocolates, roses, and teddy bears typically isn't my thing. I'm more into simple romantic gestures for no reason at all than the stereotypical obligatory displays of affections associated with this particular holiday.

All that being said, one thing I do not want to pass along to my children is cynicism. I want to teach them that love is awesome! I want them to enjoy showing love to others, something at which I'm not always such a great example.

This particular Valentine's Day, I made sure to throw in a "Love Thy Neighbors" lesson in with our celebrations. I've been study along with the IF:Equip devotionals, and Day 5 was all about being intentional about embracing your community and those around you. A sweet friend of mine from church mentioned that she was going to take Valentines to some widows in her neighborhood and I loved that idea! I knew of several widows around me that would appreciate the gesture, so I decided to do the same thing and bring the kids into the act of kindness as well.

We bought small boxes of chocolates for a few of our neighbors and a couple of family members we knew we were going to see on Valentine's Day, and I had the kids hand them out. (One is actually still waiting to be delivered to a neighbor who wasn't home). It wasn't much, but it was a simple gesture to say, "We see you, and we care about you," and even though it's just the smallest act of kindness, I pray the seed of love and joy is planted and continues to multiply.

For us, we are going to try to make it a point to do small things like this on a regular basis. I think it's especially important to teach my kids how important it is to build each other up and express our appreciation of those around us. I mean, who couldn't use a little love and encouragement every now and then? I also hope that as we are intentional about our community, this place that is still quite new to us will soon start to feel like "home."

Do you have any traditions for Valentine's Day? Anything unique or unconventional? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until next time,

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