Time for your Valentine!
February 14 is just around the corner. So it is time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts. Decisions like traditional cards or talking cards, milk or dark chocolate, carnations or roses…carnations? (I did that once. Ok, maybe twice, but not more than that!) But I would like to offer a different suggestion. Give the gift of your time. Life seems to keep getting faster and busier, but God keeps making days the same length – 24 hours. Sometimes in the flurry of activity and pressures of work and home, the thing that gets bumped from the schedule is time together. Without realizing, sometimes a lot of time passes and we haven’t spent any “quality time” with that person who is so important. And research suggests that that other person may begin to feel unimportant. Quality time is that relaxed, open, honest conversation time where we can talk about more than what the basketball schedule is for the weekend and who is buying groceries. Quality time is one of the “glues” of relationships. That could come on a night out together or (better!) a whole weekend together. Time: it’s what God always has for us. Jesus gave his time and his whole life. It’s a free gift! Valentines’ Day: give the gift of time, which is really the gift of yourself, your relaxed self. And don’t forget to take your ears along.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:7-8