It’s that time of year again! The time of year when love is in the air and hearts are plastered everywhere. It’s when we make time to tell those around us how much we love them and appreciate them. But what if we mixed things up this year?
Usually when I think about Valentine’s Day, I imagine red roses and love notes. However, for you it might mean cute cards and hugs from your closest friends or family.
Whatever it may be, Valentines is all about showing others love. But what if decided to show ourselves a little love this year?
Personally, I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. For me, it has always meant another day of snow and another year without a boyfriend. And for a long time I let Valentine’s Day get me down. I let it crush my spirit and fool me into believing that I’m not good enough.
However, as a college senior, I have finally learned the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. You see, Valentine’s Day is not about loving others, but it’s also about loving yourself. In the Bible, Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but how can we do that unless we actually do love ourselves?
This year I challenge you to spend Valentine’s Day showing yourself a little love. Just think about it: when was the last time you gave yourself a little encouragement? When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said, “Hey, I love you”?
I know for me, it’s been a while.
So here’s my challenge. Next Tuesday, treat yourself to something you love. Maybe it’s a good book and a cup of coffee, or just a nice long nap — whatever it is, just do it. You deserve it. For too long we have fooled ourselves into thinking that we are only important if someone says so. But that’s simply not true. God knows how important you are and you should too.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I love myself, and you should too.