February, the month of love. The fourteenth day of February we shower our mate with special little tokens of love. Cards, flowers, chocolates, dates, extra kisses, the list goes on.
But why only on Valentine’s Day? Why not all year long?
Around Valentine’s Day I like to stock up on heart shaped stickers, lovey-dovey cards, conversation heart candies and little heart trinkets. These are the perfect tokens to place in my husband’s lunch box, the pocket of his jeans, in his truck or in his office throughout the year. He sees the hearts and knows it is my way of saying I Love You.
What about date nights? We go all out on Valentine’s Day, but do we make it a point to date throughout the year? Dating our mate should be a top priority. Even if the date is only a walk around the park or candle lit dinner after the kids go to bed. Dating is important.
But even greater than little hearts hidden with a message of love, or weekly date nights, we need to show our mate love every single day. 365 days a year. Jesus Himself gives us the perfect example of how to show love to our mate.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Every single day we need to strive to show our mate patience and kindness. We need to not envy their successes, but celebrate with them. We need to not boast in our own successes and not be full of pride. We should honor them and not seek to please ourselves. We should be slow to anger and not bring up past wrongs. We need to protect our mate, trust them, and preserve when things are tough. This is how we can truly celebrate love all year long.
A marriage cannot survive on a love that is one day a year. Celebrate Valentine’s Day all year long.
How do you keep the love alive throughout the year?