To most people, Valentines Day is a day to celebrate love with flowers and chocolates. But you don’t have to be in love to celebrate love! Valentine’s can be meaningful whether or not you have a valentine. To help you have the BEST VALENTINE’S DAY YET, we’ve come up with 4 ways you can survive and thrive on this day of love.
Have a good attitude! If you start the day feeling sorry for yourself, you’ve already decided what kind of day you will have…and it probably won’t be too great.
Identify those who need some love. Think of your family, friends, classmates, coworkers…anyone who you think may be looked over or forgotten. Is there a girl in your class who doesn’t have many friends? A man in your ward whose wife passed away? Have your mom or dad had a hard week? There are many people within your influence who you could boost!
Find ways to serve and uplift these people! There are so many little ways we can share the love of our Savior with those around us. As we slow down and take a minute to notice the lives of those around us, we will see the small and simple ways we can uplift them. Maybe we can open a door for someone, give a compliment, or simply smile and say hi. We may think that we don’t have time to stop and help others with the craziness of our own lives, but we learn that as we put others needs first, the Savior takes care of our needs and takes our burden upon His own shoulders.
Most importantly, remember There is one love that trumps all: the love our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us.
In John 3:16 we are told that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Heavenly Father loved each of us so much, that He sent His son to die for us, so that we could return to live with Him again someday.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice because of their love for us. And their love that they share with us has so much power in it.
Christ said in Moroni 8:17 “I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love.” The Savior taught us through His actions what love really is. Love is caring for those around us, helping them, strengthening them, and giving them hope. God and Jesus Christ, our perfect examples, showed us how to truly love. We are striving to become like them and we can do so by celebrating love the way they do.
The song “Love Comes Back” by Stephanie Mabey illustrates this principle of celebrating the Savior’s love by sharing it.
Love is one of the most powerful gifts we have been given. It strengthens us and gives us peace and hope. And as we share it with others, we are filled with even more love. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much and we can show our love for them by showing love for others.
So celebrate love this Valentine’s Day the way Christ does, by loving those around you and reminding others that they are important, appreciated and loved. You’ll be glad you did!