It’s February, and I am excited about celebrating Valentine’s Day. Is Valentine’s Day really just a Hallmark holiday? Perhaps. But as I look at the store displays of greeting cards, I see cards designed to help us shower all the people we love with love. And I think of Christ command:
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mark 12:31 ESV)
When I was in college, I looked forward to Fridays with no business classes. There was such freedom leaving downtown Los Angeles and driving along the Pacific Coast Highway with James Taylor’s greatest hits playing in the cassette deck in my 1972 blue Ford Maverick. One song in particular challenged me as I headed home.
I was young, learning to love and stumbling over my foolish pride. The lyrics to Taylor’s song, Shower the People, appropriately described the condition of my heart at that time. But I desperately wanted to do as the chorus said:
Just shower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will.
Today, I still stumble as I seek to love others as much as I am loved by God. So I let myself thoroughly enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day, not because it is a a Hallmark holiday. Rather, it is an opportunity to practice showering family, friends and neighbors with love.
Who are you and I called to shower with love, not only on February 14th but every day?