(Hope today's other post made you laugh. We need it this time of year! No, that's not the sum total of my care and concern for you all during this holiday. I do have more serious posts planned for the rest of this week. Here's one great question I just received.)
Q: Valentine's Day can often be a touchy subject for us singles. No matter how much you try to convince me that I can participate in love, I know that the real issue is that I can’t participate in romance. But I do not want Valentine’s Day to degenerate into bitterness or self-pity… I truly want to display to the world that God is completely satisfying no matter what the circumstances! So, I’m looking at our singles ministry and wondering what we can do, evangelistically, to make this satisfying God glorious in our midst during a time of temptation toward discontent. Do you have any practical ways that singles (guys and girls) can display Christ’s love on Valentine’s Day?
A: This is an outstanding question. I think you've accurately discerned the difference between love and romance. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to radical expressions of love, no matter our marital status. But romance is a different playing field because it is about exclusivity, desire, and how another is attracted to us and vice versa. While Christian love is a deep and broad concept, romance is necessarily a narrow focus. But that doesn't mean we singles can't have an impact during this holiday by loving others generously and self-sacrificially.
Just two days ago, for example, I received an early Valentine's Day card. It was a humorous one from my friend, Linda, who simply noted that she was praying for me. How encouraging it was to receive that card! It revealed that she had been planning ahead about how to bless someone else. More importantly, she's doing the one thing that is most meaningful to me: praying for me. That may not strike you as "loving others generously and self-sacrificially" but any time we stop to consider the needs of another, we are heading in the right direction. I also know of many others who are planning other events and acts of service, some of which I hope to showcase in the days to come. But I don't want to just point to what those in my church are doing. I'd love to hear from the rest of you. What have you done or are you currently planning to do to display the love of Christ on National Singles Awareness Day?