Valentine’s Day is America’s biggest commercial holiday. Full of love, gift-giving, and sweet treats; This holiday for many people is a wholesome, sweet, and loving holiday while the holiday for some is yet another excuse to promote degeneracy in our culture. It can make many Christians want to opt out of celebrating or go along with the typical cultural celebration customs for the sake of normalcy.
My husband and I discussed recently if we would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year and if so, how would we navigate the holiday? In the past while dating — we went above and beyond for Valentine’s Day. He got me a shiny promise ring, we took a fancy trip, and made sure we went above and beyond.
We were not yet born again Christians and both indulged heavily in materialism and by extension, the modern world.
Now, as we’re two completely different people by the grace of God, we’ve really thought and researched biblically on how to navigate Valentine’s Day moving forward.
Here’s some different fun activities and ideas we plan on incorporating in our Valentine’s Day to ensure God alone is glorified.
We Refuse To Participate In The Materialism
As a routine Pinterest user, it’s hard for me to take a step back and realize that I do not need to go above and beyond and dip into our family’s finances to have a special Valentine’s Day. No matter how good the “deals” are and how many coupons I use – it is still unnecessary.
We are called to live a quiet and simple life and sometimes it’s difficult to remember that while living in our modern world.
“…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,”1 Thessalonians 4:11
Instead of buying a bunch of candy, opting for a luxurious trip, and a getting a bunch of (useless) children marketed toys we are going to use this commercial holiday to serve others — which is one great form of love as instructed in the bible.
Serving others this Valentine’s Day can look differently for each family! You can go through toys that your children no longer want and clothes that fit too snug and donate them to your local thrift shop for another family to have at an affordable price! It’s important that when you do this, to do it with your children! Let them be equally as involved in each step so they can see that they truly are serving others as we are commanded! This would be a great opportunity to create a bible lesson and sit down and do with your children after you’ve completed donating!
Baking goods is a favorite of mine and what I plan on doing this Valentine’s Day! We have lots of friends locally through church and homeschool that would love some sweet treats delivered to them! This teaches great life skills (can also be counted for Math and science, homeschool mamas!) and helps with creativity! Many Valentine themed baked good items can be found at Walmart or Dollar Tree for an affordable price!
The Difference Between Biblical Love vs Worldly Love
One of the biggest misconstructions of Valentine’s Day is that the love shown on Valentine’s day – measured by gifts, what others do for you, and boosting. It does not in any way reflect to accurate representation of biblical love.
Worldly love is self-seeking, boosting, and material. Biblical love is selfless, rooted in God’s truth, and obedience to our Lord.
I cannot stress the importance of children learning the difference as young as possible so that they are equip to face the world’s definition of love. They will see it in the public school system, movies, TV shows, social media, and amongst peers. They need to know and fully understand what biblical love is to know how to combat worldly love when they inevitably face it.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails”1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Take time to plan out a bible lesson as a family on what it means to love the Lord, what biblical love is, and why we know how great love is!
To help out with this fun bible lesson, we’ve created a free coloring printable for your kiddos to enjoy that you can include in your lesson! Let us know if you’d like us to create more fun free printables and potential bible lessons in the future!
This Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to serve the Lord and disciple your children in His ways! Take advantage of the opportunity as a family and don’t be afraid to stray from the world — we are meant to live in the world but not be of this modern world!