Happy (Early) Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Yes, I’m a little early, but I just wanted to NOT be late–and to say You Are Loved!

I have a confession to make. I’ve let the opportunity to say “I love you” to my family slip by too many times. In the chaos of heading out the door each morning and making sure we have all the things we “need” in our hands, our words are usually few and our arms are too loaded for a farewell hug. Have you ever been in that situation?

I’ve done the carpool line, the ferrying to this and that lesson, practice, and appointment. I’m the menu planner and chef, the head laundry lady, the grocery shopper, and the home secretary. You could probably throw a handful of other “to” and “from” examples and job titles in there from your life! Those miles and missions are unspoken words of service, but many miles and missions do not by themselves guarantee relationship and faith.

That takes words–on the road, during the mission. It reminds me of this passage in Deuteronomy 6:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

So I’m going to try and intentionally take a little time before I head out the door each morning. I will say “I love you” to my family and give each one a loving hug, too–unless they’re in the shower! I will not be deterred by half-opened eyes or half-hearted returns. I will remind them I’m praying for them, and–at just the right times–I will remind them that as much as I love them, it’s only an inkling of the love God has for them. You may already be doing these things, but–if not–would you like to try it in your family, too? 

No one loves us and reaches out to us as much our heavenly Father. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Happy Valentine’s Day, every day!