So Valentine’s Day has never been a big thing for me (probably because I have never dated someone during that special time). But this year was nice like all the rest. I got some cookies from my parents. I got some nice gifts from my friend at work. I even got some little candies from some of my students too. All very nice. I may not have a significant other to show love to, but I have lots of other people to give and receive love from.
What does love even mean? According to the dictionary there’s a few definitions.
1. An intense feeling of deep affection
2. A great interest and pleasure in something
3. A person or thing that one loves
When I looked up love on lds.org I found this in regards to love.
Love is a feeling of deep devotion, concern, and affection. The greatest example of God’s love for His children is found in the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ. Love for God and fellow men is a characteristic of disciples of Jesus Christ. We manifest our love for Heavenly Father by keeping His commandments and serving His children. Our expressions of love for others may include being kind to them, listening to them, mourning with them, comforting them, serving them, praying for them, sharing the gospel with them, and being their friend. Our love for those around us increases when we remember that we are all children of God—that we are spirit brothers and sisters. The love that results from this realization has the power to transcend all boundaries of nation, creed, and color.
There was a scripture along with it found in 1 John 4:7-21. It’s kind of long but it’s all about love. One of the verses that stuck out to me was verse 20.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
So why am I sharing this with you? Well, recently I had a really good conversation with someone who reminded me that I need to love myself. That God loves me no matter what mistakes I have made. That I need to see my potential. And he is right. By not acknowledging or recognizing the great things about me I am putting down everything that God created about me. Yes, we all have flaws. And yes we all have weaknesses, but with His help those weak things can become strong.
I need to love myself and I need to take care of myself. The same person that I had this conversation with let me know that if I ever needed to talk again, I could let him know. And I felt hesitant to say yes. I don’t want to feel like a burden or a bother to others. But like it said in the scripture we are here to help others. We all need help and lifting. I need to be better at that because I too need help just like everyone else.
I guess the purpose of this post is to remind everyone to love yourself for who you are and who you can become. Because every single person is a child of God and is special in their own way! Ask God to help you see that.