“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”-John 13:34-35
Valentine’s Day is less than two days away. Can you believe it?! I felt like just yesterday, we were celebrating the beginning of 2017, and now it is already mid-February.
Valentine’s Day can be so overrated sometimes, but it is also a great chance to share with others the love we feel for them. A few years ago, I received the best surprise Valentine’s Day gift ever. From someone I never expected to receive anything from. It will probably forever be one of my favorite Valentine’s Day stories:
I was in college and had just recently broken off from a very unhealthy relationship that I had been in for a long time. I started calling/texting with a family member’s friend who was about my age and actually lived on the total opposite side of the country. He knew that I was not interested in anything more than friendship at the time (and I mean, really, we lived in totally different parts of the country). But he just wanted to be my friend and that is really what I needed.
He showed me kindness. He cared about me. He supported me as I went through my first year away from home. He encouraged me to be the best person I could be.
As February came around, he asked me what my plans were for Valentine’s Day. I told him for the last year, I hadn’t received anything for that day from my significant other because he thought it was just another day. So I in turn had believed too, that it was just another day. He said he understood, but he hoped I could have a good day anyway!
February 14th came, and the day was a normal one, but also filled with people getting and giving presents at school and lots of red and pink everywhere. That night I was in the shower when there was a knock at our apartment door. My roommates came pounding on the bathroom door and said there was something for me. My first thought was “For ME? No way!”
I came out and found a beautiful bouquet of flowers in a vase, with a red ribbon tied around it. With an anonymous note that stated: “Kristin, I hope this makes your day a little more special than just another day.” I was shocked, but immediately realized who it was from and I was so floored by his incredible act of kindness. I even dried out the flowers and made this shadowbox (which unfortunately got ruined when I was in the process of moving).
When I called him, he laughed and said that he meant it: he wanted me to know that it does not just have to be “another day”. I can make it amazing or I can make it boring, it is all how I choose to see it.
I have never forgotten that incredible, selfless act of kindness toward me. & It has motivated me to try to do something nice for someone else each Valentine’s Day, because let’s be real this is a tough holiday for a lot of people.
Who is someone in your life that you can be a friend to right now? Who is someone who could really use some of God’s love in their life? Who is someone who really needs a random act of kindness?
I hope that you have the courage and motivation to be kind to someone this February 14th. Who knows how much it might mean to them!
Thank you, Marc, for being my friend when I needed it most.