Happy Valentine’s Day! Singles Awareness Day. Friendzone Day. Galentine’s Day. Tuesday. Whatever you choose to celebrate, I send my honest wishes for a glorious day your way! February 14 has always been an interesting day filled with expectations, disappointments, elation, frustration, love, lust, indifference. Today I’ve already seen angry posts, consolation posts, excitement and coping mechanisms plastered across the interweb. Then there are those who have so calloused themselves to the mushiness of the holiday that they ignore it completely. “Love is for fools,” they cry. They’ve been hurt, lied to, reprimanded, and forced to build walls to protect their hearts from the devastation of a world unpracticed in the art of true love. So wherever you find yourself on the scale of bitter/hated to twitterpated, here’s a Valentine’s message for you: Remember, you are loved, infinitely. I’m not just saying this because it sounds nice – actually it sounds too good to be true. There are days when none of us feel loved or loveable. We find ourselves in situations we’ve struggled to overcome time and again yet keep failing. Resentment, regret, addiction. We wake up in the morning with bed hair and a face which naturally hides from the mirror for self-preservation. We then begin the long ordeal of making ourselves feel loved. Makeup. Perfume. Cologne. The fancy tie. The perfect hair pin. It’s all for the show. The whole time our hearts are crying for someone to love us for who we are. Vulnerable. Unlovable yet loved beyond measure. We want someone to kiss us when we feel hurt, understand us when we’re confused with ourselves, give us directions to a place we’re homesick for but have never been. Our hearts yearn for protection and safety. Red roses, hearts, wine glasses, candles; it’s all meaningless without commitment. So often our hearts are disappointed, let down, hurt and broken. So just as a reminder, remember, there’s Someone who loves you today. A whole lot. He may not send you a cute teddy bear, but that’s because His plans are much grander. A Man who came from glory to be separated from His Father and His kingdom, to die a most degrading death jeered on by the lives He created all around Him. He looked through the darkness, through the pain, and saw you. Whether dolled up or crying in the corner, He loves you. Whether you feel pretty or decide ignorance is bliss, He loves you. Whether you get a dozen roses or a simple “Happy Valentine’s Day” text, He loves you. He’s crazy about you. He would literally do anything to ensure that your day is brimming full of love, laughter, smiles and joy. So throw away the myth that this holiday has to be a certain way. Love is only predictable in principle, not expression. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, love surprises us most when we expect it the least. Sometimes we have to go back and dig out that little note we wrote when in the fifth grade to recapture what love really means. You know, the simple, honest years. So go back to those early days. Remember one of the first love letters you got? Maybe it didn’t say all the cute things you’d expect, but it screams “I love you!” Here it is again to remind you: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” When we were kids we thought that meant we lived forever. No friends. He wants to give you everlasting life TODAY. The kind of life that bubbles up from inside and makes you want to throw your head back and laugh at the sky for the sheer delight of being alive. This, my friends, is love. Happy Valentine’s Day!