Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!!!
I hope this day has found you immersing in all the love that is in your life. By love I mean all the family love, friendship love, and of course, the Love Love. This day brings so many joys, but it also tends to be a day of disappointment and loneliness for many. I would like to take a couple of minutes to share my thoughts on that.
Thought #1: Love is not just in relationships. Love is all around.
I am a HUGE fan of the movie Love Actually. It houses some of my favorite movie quotes and also shows that love doesn’t always appear to be what we may think it is. In the very beginning of the movie we get this lovely paragraph spoken by the character of The Prime Minister. It goes a little something like this….
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.
Now I must clear something up. He says: “If you look for it” and I must tell you that this phrase does not mean what you think it means. It does not mean to search for love. It does mean to look desperately. It simply means to “open your eyes to”. It means to open you mind and heart to what love is. You do this my friends and you will find it all around you.
Thought #2: Love Fully and Completely
Pull out all the stops for love. Would you take a bullet for your family? Would you go to great lengths to help a good friend? This is what loving fully means. When you find something you love, give it your all. When you find the one you love, pull out all the stops.
Perhaps one of my most favorite quotes from Love Actually is this one:
“Lets go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”
Why do I like this quote? Because the character is saying, “Let’s do this. Let’s pull out all the stops.” Nothing is going to stand in their way. They are in love and nothing is going to stop them from showing that. This is how we should approach all things we love.
Thought #3: We can confuse love with other things
In today’s world, love has taken on new meanings. We tend to mistake lust for love. We are told what we should love and what we shouldn’t. Our minds are confused and sometimes we aren’t quite sure what is love and what isn’t. That’s ok. WE are not perfect. Our stories are NOT perfect. Today’s world is so corrupt and so misleading. There is a song by Switchfoot called Easier Than Love in which is the chorus states: Everyone is scared to death of leaving here alone. She is easier than love, is easier than life, is easier to fake and smile and lie. It’s easier to leave, it’s easier to lie, it’s harder to face ourselves at night.
This is what our world has become. A confusion of love. But we are much more than that. We are Worth more than that. We deserve more than that. And I think as humans, we know the difference between pure/true love and love we are just settling for. So DON’T SETTLE! If it’s not real, it’s not worth it.
So this Valentine’s Day, I went to work and spent some time spreading pixie dust and love. I also made sure I made time to catch up with some friends at work and get their opinions on some next steps I am getting ready to take. But I also made myself fully aware of the love that is around me. This Valentine’s Day was not at all what I had planned. I wanted a nice dinner with David, maybe some flowers and chocolate. Maybe a ring?
About halfway through my day, something was weighing on my heart. So I took a moment to peacefully relax in silence and a verse popped into my head. It is a verse from the Bible.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future.”
So maybe this Valentine’s Day wasn’t what I had planned. However, it really doesn’t matter what I have planned for my life. My plans for my life aren’t perfect, but the Lord’s plans for my life are perfect. So when things don’t go my way, I just have to remember that it’s not my plan. I am a big believer in “everything happens for a reason.” This goes hand in hand with God’s perfect plan.
When I look back on today: It was perfect. I had work. I had friend bonding time. I had me time. Now, I get to finish it up with David time. Well, the 5 minutes I see him before I sink into my pillow and fall asleep anyway.
Happy Valentine’s Day friends. I hope that you have found love. That you are living a life of Love. And that you realize that you are Loved. Even if it’s not in the way that you want or think.