As Valentine’s Day approaches, I am reminded of how much stress a day, that was created to honor love, can also make people crazy as they feel pressured to celebrate it appropriately. It doesn’t matter if you are married, dating or single – it all sometimes makes us wish the day passed by quickly. I have known my husband for over 25 years and I, frankly, ran out of good ideas beyond dinner a while ago. And when did dinner reservations get so hard to make? While it is great to lift up our relationships on Valentine’s Day I believe, to keep them enduring, it should be something we do every day!
I am so glad that we have a Lord that loves us in a way that we don’t have to feel pressured to perform or create the perfect date or event. The Bible tells us in John 15:13:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Or, as Romans 5:8 says:
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We were imperfect and still finding ourselves and Jesus died for us to give us life. No reservations needed. Just a simple “Yes, Lord” and a new life begins. No stress or pressure at all.