Ok, so let’s be the guy who dampens everyone’s enthusiasm on a holiday, whaddaya say?
Not really. I’m all for romance and am at heart a hopeless romantic — so I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for Valentine’s Day. Give the candy, and the flowers, say “I love you” as much as you please. Really. Knock yourself out.
But I do want to point out something.
Namely this, St. Valentine (who, by the way, was a real guy who lived in the 3rd century, that’s his picture over there on the left) ended his life by losing his head because of his undying love for Jesus and his refusal to turn his back on his Savior.
And that is a good reminder for us all on this Valentine’s Day, 2012, in these days of “cheap” love.
Love doesn’t demand $100 bouquets of flowers or huge, heart-shaped boxes of candy (as nice as those things may be). Love demands the death of the lover.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” The greatest Lover of all time has taught us that love and self-denying, sacrificial service are not two different things. They always come together. To love someone, is to be willing to lay down your life for them. If you’re not willing to die for your “love” — you don’t know what real love is.
So, here’s a fun suggestion to all the beauties out there who are going to get candy and flowers sometime today and hear the phrase, “I love you” from a gallant Romeo. Ask him to do what my high school basketball coach used to tell all of us who loved to talk and boast about all the great things we were going to do. After hearing some grand proclamation of the great feats that we were going to perform, he’d say, “Don’t talk about it, do it.”
So, today, tell the ones you love that you love them . . . and then do it. Imitate the saint whose name graces this day, who was willing to die for his love than deny his Savior and live.
That’s love. Don’t just talk about it. Do it.