Single people (myself included) can sometimes make Valentine’s Day out to be the enemy. While everyone around us is getting chocolate hearts and teddy bears that say “I Love You,” we’re stuck grabbing a handful of M&Ms from our secret stash.

I won’t lie. This holiday used to burn me up. I have NEVER had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s me, but we always seem to break up before I can experience the doting significant other.

But, now that I’m in my thirties, I’ve learned to make the best of where my life is right now. I make sure to celebrate Jesus’ love on Valentine’s Day. What better way to show love than to spend the day with those who love you?

I take my mom out to dinner and a movie. We laugh, and if my mom picks out the movie we cry. We end the day just relaxing in our jammies at her house, and it’s better than most of my actual boy/girl dates. Valentine’s Day isn’t about chocolate or bracelets or flowers. It’s about celebrating love, and I received the ultimate showering of love when Jesus decided to take up MY sin and hang from a cross to redeem my sorry excuse for a soul.

Romans 5:8 God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus didn’t wait for me to see the light of his truth. He doesn’t limit his love to one day a year. God loves me every second of everyday since before I was born. I believe that He gave me my mom on Valentine’s Day to show his love for me through her. If you happen to be single this Valentine’s Day, don’t mope about and begrudge your coupled friends. Take a moment and reflect on Jesus’ love for you. Ask another single friend to dinner or take your mom out for a night on the town. Enjoy the day because you are loved.

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”