For years I have dreaded Valentine’s Day. It is a day that celebrates romantic love and so when you are single it can be a day of loneliness and self-pity especially if you are not dating or in a relationship with anyone. I can count on one hand the number of Valentine’s Days when I actually had a Valentine other than my niece, nephew, and the children that I have taught.
But a couple of years ago I decided that I wasn’t going to let Valentine’s Day get me down. Many other singles have decided this too, and Valentine’s Day for many has become single awareness day. For me, on the other, I don’t want attention drawn to my single status on that day. My single status is just that a status. It is part of my life and while I’m learning to enjoy it and even celebrate it I want to do that every day, not just one single day.
I have decided instead that I do want to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, not romantic love or my single status, but a true love that is rich and deep, the type of love that leads a man to the cross to die for you and me. I want to celebrate God’s love on Valentine’s Day. I want to celebrate His love all of the time and so the “Loving God” challenge was born. For the week surrounding Valentine’s Day, I would celebrate and post on how we can love God, each other and ourselves better.
This year though I have decided to make some changes. This year, instead of just 1 week, we are going to celebrate it for a month. We will open up our Bibles and learn what love is and how we can live love no matter what our marital status. This year I want to go beyond lists and to dig deep into what it really means to love God, others, and ourselves, and so the “Loving God” challenge is going to become the “Living Love” challenge.
The set-up for this year’s “Living Love” challenge is going to look similar to The Gratitude challenge that I ran back in November. Every day we will have a passage of Scripture to focus on and at the end of each post will be a journal prompt and an activity that will hopefully help you grow in loving the Lord, others, and yourself. On Fridays, there will be a special focus for people who are single (plus it is The Single Life link party so come and link up your posts).
This month is going to be about learning to be intentional when it comes to living love. It is through our lives and how we love that the Gospel is shared and so this month I want to be intentional about sharing that with you so that you can grow and share it with others. We are called to make disciples, to lead people to Christ and to teach them to walk in His ways, and the best way to do that is by living love.
Day 1: The 2015 Living Love Challenge
Day 2: Love is…
Day 3: It’s a Crazy Kind of Love