Christmas has its Scrooge…
Valentine’s Day has me!
Yes, I admit it, I’m not a fan… It isn’t that I have a problem with the idea of a special day to tell your spouse or sweetheart that you care and are thinking of them; that’s fine. Maybe it’s the hoopla and the social pressure of the thing.
Let’s think about it: Valentine’s Day is when the pressure is on to come up with a bouquet of flowers for your “honey”… and when the florists double or triple the price of flowers. It’s the day you need a wonderful card… and they jack up the prices of cards. It’s the day the nice restaurants are booked solid… and they have wonderful specials with very small portions and no apparent discount. Valentines’s Day is the day you might want to come up with some nice jewelry… at the highest price of the year… or else!
In short, Valentine’s Day is a time when culture creates big expectations that are hard to match… and which can never be met year after year.
Of course you’ve seen the commercials: meet her expectations and you might just get lucky. I think that’s the underlying message isn’t it? Does this place women in a good light? I think not.
Maybe a better solution than allowing ourselves to get all caught up in the Valentine’s Day hoopla is to bring Christ into our closest relationships. Maybe it’s better to always put the other person first, and to show our love every day in the way we conduct ourselves. This would include going out of our way to serve the other person and to be considerate; never holding back our love to get something, and by never having the expectation that the other person must do x, y or z to be accepted. Maybe that would be better than what our culture pressures us to do on February 14th each year…