I believe that we don't need a set day to say "I love you". I also don't fancy sitting in a restaurant amongst other "loved-up" (or arguing or simply silent) couples who think that having a meal out on this one pre-prescribed day is the absolute height of romance. Don't get me wrong, last year Monsieur surprised me with tickets to a classical Valentine's day concert and it was lovely.
However, this year we've decided to simply not bother much with the whole thing and keep it pretty low-key. We have a few days this week to ourselves and a chance to spend some real quality time together doing things which might have nothing to do with hearts, roses or chocolates but will ultimately mean more to us.
In my opinion, one potential negative outcome of social networking and technology is the opportunity for comparison and competition to invade and circumscribe our lives. At almost every level. We look OUTSIDE ourselves for clever and awesome ideas to bring INTO our personal experiences. Many of them are beautiful, creative, and tempting. Some of them are unrealistic, expensive, and artificial.
If we're not careful, before long we are changing our mantels daily, rearranging our rooms weekly, and painting our walls monthly! We're disappointed when a new recipe DOESN'T turn out to the the key to our husband's heart, but we put on a good front and don't report that. We select a "word" for the new year, but in mid-February we're ready for a new one. We don't report that either. Restlessly, we look for a NEW bandwagon to ride--a little like the women described in 2 Timothy 3:17: "always learning something new, and yet...never able to arrive at real knowledge of the truth."
Maybe its just me. I'm feeling just a tad cynical here.
Can you tell?
Maybe YOU can talk me out of it...
So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas.
Your strength comes from God’s grace,
not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
Hebrews 13:9, New Living Translation