When I was young, sending and collecting valentines was a big event. I would painstakingly sort my boxed valentines into categories and match them to my classmates accordingly…the cutest ones for my friends, the most romantic one for the boy I secretly liked (would he guess?), the plainer ones for those I didn’t know so well, and that “special” card in the box—the very best Valentine—reserved for my best friend. The next morning at school, my class was given time to place our valentines into the hand-decorated boxes of each of our classmates. And at the end of the day, we could take our boxes home, where I would dump out the contents and begin the exciting process of opening them to see who liked me and who liked me.
The desire to be liked is pretty powerful. We were created with the need for acceptance and unconditional love and when we don’t receive it, we wither inside. Often, people who find themselves in crises or compromised situations are people who simply want to be liked and accepted and have done things to get people to like them, usually at the expense of their own well-being, reputation, finances or character.
At Love INC, we don’t want to be just another organization that offers hand-outs. We want to be a place that offers love. We strive to see every client as an individual with value. We want them to know that they matter to us and we care about their situation. We want each of them to feel liked!
Showing the love and kindness of Christ to someone in need is like giving our best valentine. As that person receives our kindness, the powerful feeling of being liked floods their heart—transforming their day, their situation and, ultimately, their life.
Let’s give out lots of Valentines this season!
Pastor at Rock Point Church
Member of Love INC Board of Directors
Shelter and Clearinghouse Volunteer