Hey Ya’ll,

I got a lot going on today (yes, as a single person you can still have a very action-packed Valentine’s Day), but I wanted to make sure to send a little love your way.  After all, the Bible says that we are supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 19:19) and I often tell people that one of the best ways to tell how someone feels about themselves is to watch how they treat others.Â

In other words, if they are short on tolerance with you, they are probably impatient with themselves.  If they are bossy with you, they are probably not very gracious with themselves.  If they are bitter towards you, they are probably unforgiving of themselves.  If they are moody with you, they are probably unstable with themselves.  If they are jealous of you, they are probably insecure within themselves.

I think you catch my drift…

So, my “Valentine’s Message” for you is to simply LOVE YOURSELF.  Yes, this is a time when we usually focus on commemorating the love that we have for everyone else in the free world, but if you haven’t mastered self-love, they are not getting the best of you anyway—whether it’s a holiday or not.

I Corinthians 13:4-10 (Message) says:

Love never gives up.Â

Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.Â
Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,Â
doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies

Today, make it a point to “follow the bold”.  Trust in God, look for the best, never look back and keeps going til the end.

After all, that’s what REAL LOVE is all about!  Have a good one.