- Buy Your Mom Some Flowers
The one woman who should never be forget about today is your mother. Janette Rallison once said, “You can always tell how a man will treat his wife by the way he treats his mother.” Guys go buy her those flowers you would have given your girlfriend. Ladies, buy the flowers you wished you would have got. Guess what guys, other girls may see you buying flowers, teddy bears, and chocolate. They will wonder who you are buying them for and you will look more appealing. I buy things for my Sister Hannah during Valentine’s Day because I want her to know how a real man should treat a lady.
Instead of sitting on that $50 you would have spent on that fancy dinner, give to your local Church or Non-Profit. This will cause your heart to be filled with joy. I know my heart feels better after I do. Volunteer your time and put it to good use. Others will see that and be encouraged.
- Write a Handwritten Note
You know what you have today, time. Do something old fashioned. Take fifteen minutes and write a handwritten note to a person that has helped you. Write to your old Teacher, Youth Pastor, Camp Counselor, Uncle, Aunt, Grandparent, or leader. Tell them, “thanks” and how they impacted your life in a positive way. It can be a simple paragraph, but that can be the best gift they got all year. Everyone has Facebook so find them and ask, “What is your address?” When you get it, mail your letter.
It can be easy to get all emotional on Valentine’s day. Instead turn that emotion into a smile. Watch a Tim Hawkins Comedy Show. Take a laugh at the idea of how little this day really matters. I mean it’s not like you weren’t single the day before, right? Yes, this day is marketed very well but just find the humor in it. Life is not meant to be so serious.
- Get Over Yourself
This goes along with the theme of this blog post but it is very important to know. Grace means that it is not about me. Some of us need the truth, so are you ready? You are not maxed out in good looks, charm, or humor. Take a moment and realize that there are people that have bigger problems than you do. Breath in and out, and as you do thank God you are alive.
We all want what we don’t have. You may see all the flowers and think that everyone is in, “love” today. Guess what, you don’t know their story, and you are not alone in your suffering. Hebrews 4:15 tells us, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” This verse explains to us that Jesus feels what we feel. It is okay to feel lonely, just don’t allow that feeling to cause you to sin. When you feel sad, our High Priest (Jesus) feels that sadness too. When Saul was persecuting Christians Jesus told Him, “Saul, Sual why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4). Why was Jesus saying this? Because Jesus feels what we feel.
Jesus was single his entire life. He never got a valentine, never got a first date, and never got married. Yet He used the time that God gave Him and changed the world. Paul was also single. Did you know what He did? He wrote the majority of the New Testament Bible. I say this to tell you that it’s ok to be single. Stop condemning yourself. Be the confident, centered, and happy man/woman that God created you to be. Give, donate, and love the people around you.