Today is Valentine's Day, so of course we must talk about love... But I'd like to talk about TRUE love, and not necessarily the infatuation and superficial love is so often associated with Valentine's Day.
1 Corinthians 13 (NIV): 1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,b but have not love, I gain nothing.
4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Clearly, love is something that is built in to the human soul. It is the greatest gift that we have been given, and it is the greatest gift that we can in turn give. Whether it be love of a spouse, love of a child, love of a friend, love of a stranger who needs a helping hand - love isn't necessarily romantic, but it is ALWAYS powerful. While you're going out of your way to remind your significant other how much you care for them today, try to step beyond yourself, and show some love to a stranger, or a friend who you might not have seen in a while. Hold a door (with a smile, of course!), give a stranger a flower or a card, stop and help someone who needs it, buy someone less fortunate than you groceries or a meal. YOU can show the world that Valentine's Day is a day of love - whether you be single or not!
Check out a couple of these websites for inspiration, and to hear stories of how regular, every day people like you and me can be that little ray of sunshine in someone's life.
- http://www.secretagentl.com/ - Be Kind. No Exceptions. - Read the About page for more information, and join us in becoming an "Affiliated Agent"
- http://www.responsibilityproject.com/ - by Liberty Mutual, there's something here for everybody. It's really about being a responsible human being - but it's amazing how often that translates into performing acts of kindness above and beyond the expected. I really love going through the Film and Video section, myself.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing bride. Through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, she has stood by me, has helped keep me strong, and has loved me so deeply I cannot possibly deserve it. She knows me better than myself, by far. She is at turns my strength and the one I lend strength too. She makes me laugh, and she cries with me. Together, we try to bring some of that love to The Weed Patch, and to our customers. We love when our customers come see us because life is hard, and they just want to relax and refresh and escape it all for a while. We genuinely love our customers and our friends, and The Weed Patch, for us, is more than a shop - it is a ministry.
So stop by, whether you are happy or sad, whether you can buy anything or not - we love to see you!
And don't forget - try to do at least one random act of love today, and every day, to someone who doesn't see it coming!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Please take a moment and share with us...
What's the most recent random act of kindness that you have done?