Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Charity. A real love.

It's the day of love

I didn't accomplish half of what I pinned {on pinterest}

{will I ever?}

A few years ago I decided that we should give the girls things on Valentines. Not that I want to buy into the commercialism of spending money on one day to show your love, but give them one simple thing ~ like a single flower, a chocolate, a homemade card, a heart shaped pancake breakfast. As a gentle reminder that their parents love them. Whisperings of being kind to others, to share love with the world. The world can always use a little more of {real} love in my opinion.

{Today's gift was heart pancakes and red valentines balloons}

I've been reading on Charity lately. Click here for all 53 Scriptures that mention Charity
{great reading for valentines day!}

We all know if we have not charity we have nothing.

However a few others that caught my attention mention to be clothed in charity or to put on charity.

1 Peter 4:8 
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: afor bcharity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Doctrine and Covenant 88:125
And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.

Colossian 3:14
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

I really liked these statements. Sometimes we all feel like failures in this tough gig called life. Especially if you have high expectations for yourself. I'm always questioning if I do indeed have Charity :the pure love of Christ.

I like that it might not necceasrily be something that is with us always, BUT we can still choose to cloak ourselves with charity.

I felt the symbolism of a beautiful shawl that I can pick up and it will warm me when I need it.

At times it can be hard to have charity, Especially when we don't feel certain people deserve our charity. In our families we might think.. but THEY need to be kind/help out/say sorry to ME!

Do I like to help people that can help me back? Do I  like to help people who through their own bad choices have ended up where they are. Do I feel they deserve to be there, or don't deserve help?

I can choose the cloak of charity - its always laying right where I need it, within arms reach. I can cloak myself with it and give the pure love of Christ.

Instead of romantic love {which the Mr tried to tell me we have everyday so why do we need to celebrate on a forced/commercialized day?} maybe I can use the day to celebrate love for mankind.

Today may be a day designated for romantic love. But I think it is ok, if not better, to firstly love ourselves ~ how unique, special and wonderful we are. Treat yourself. Secondly love your family. It doesn't matter if we don't have a significant other today. We all have family. Let's tell them we love them. A call or letter to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. Lastly show a kindness to a stranger.

And we all will be better off for celebrating a day of love.

I've received two random acts of kindness from strangers today already! And I found a heart shaped leaf laying on the road {you know I see and photograph any natural heart}

Time to pass it on xx

Happy Valentines to all my family, friends and strangers alike who read this blog!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like that you give your kids something small and heartfelt to recognize the day and to make them feel special. I LOVE the idea of extending the love of Valentine's day to the world.

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