Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to share the love of Jesus! Many look at the day as a time just for couples to express love to one another. Singles can feel it is a day that reminds them they are not part of a couple. What if this year you change some of that by making it a day to remind those who sometimes can be overlooked that they are loved and appreciated? Here’s some ideas on how to give unexpected Valentines this year.
It really doesn’t take a lot to express love to people around you every day. Why not purchase a box of Valentines like children exchange in school? They are inexpensive and can be purchased at a dollar store. Take each Valentine and write a short note of appreciation such as, “Thank you for your service!” “You are a blessing to many including me!” “You make the world a much better place.” You may even want to include a verse of Scripture like 1 John 4:7 “Beloved let us love one another.” Or John 13:34 “Love one another.”
Pass your valentines out to people you see daily. (You may want to attach each Valentine to a smack-size baggie of candy or homemade cookies.) Your list of recipients could include your librarian, a worker at the convenience store you frequent, sanitation workers, the mail carrier, or even the receptionist at your doctor’s or dentist’s office. Many of these people work hard daily with little to no appreciation. Your note may be the encouragement they need.
I left a hand full of chocolates at my neighbor’s front door. Mrs. Sally came out later to find me. She told me how much my simple gift meant to her. Her husband had died about 20 years before. Since his death she had not received a Valentine. My gesture meant more than words could say.
Taking the time to encourage a hurting heart or even one that just feels overlooked doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but the outcome of this simple kindness is priceless to the one who receives it. You can find more Valentine’s Day ideas and inspiration here. Why not start your list today of people who might appreciate an unexpected Valentine!