The heartbeat of Christianity is love, the kind of love that sacrifices for the wellbeing of another. Phil. 2:3-5 expressed the goal of a good way to make everyday a Valentine’s Day.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”
So for Valentine’s Day, or any day this week, try showing the love of Christ by placing someone’s needs above your own:
Honor your parents. If they are married to each other, create a “this is your love” night where they can retell their love story, and the special memories along their life path, over a lovely dinner with their kids and grandkids. Go the extra mile and cook his and hers favorite foods. (If your folks are divorced, plan a heart healing night out where you treat your mom or dad to a dinner out, or a home cooked meal, and tell him/her thanks for being your parent.)
Host a party with a purpose. Select a missions project, third world need, or local charity and have everyone who attends the party bring a contribution. An easy option is a dinner party where each person brings the nonperishables for a family to make a dinner then donate those goods to a local food pantry. Other options could be a “Diva Dinner” and all bring make up and personal toiletries to donate to a women’s shelter, or a “Sole” food dinner where you can serve authentic soul food, and then all participants donate their shoes (soles) to homeless shelter.
Take time off, around Valentine’s, to do charity work in a third world country or spend a day or weekend on a service project in the inner city or a poverty zone in the rural countryside. (To find local charities, talk with your pastor, the Missions pastor, a local Christian bookstore, or check the local Christian newspaper or website in your city).
Host a mixer or dinner party and invite your closest friends, but ask each friend to bring two friends and widen your social circle.
Have a blast to the past with one of these activities of enjoyed as a teen:
The common thread in these ideas is initiative. Make time to pray for the Lord’s guidance, and allow Him to lead you in what project you can do to show Christ’s love on, or around, Valentine’s Day. Don’t be afraid to be bold! Be brave! Be the one who makes things happen!
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