Do you remember the candy grams passed out at valentines in highschool? You could purchase a candy gram for a dollar and have it delivered to a friend during class. It was a way to raise money for a specific organization or purpose. I never got one that I recall but I also never gave one.
Ellie recently came home with a family assignment. Together we get to make a valentines box of her choice. We are definitely going all out. I’m excited on so many levels. Ellie and I searched Pinterest and she found a box she is thrilled to create. I’ll keep it a secret till completion. As we were creating her box and thinking of creative details to add I explained to her that she gets to make a valentine card for each friend in her class. I asked her to think of something that makes each kid in her class special. Some of her responses were…
L is funny. He makes me laugh.
V had a fun Halloween party.
J gives me hugs.
She will write something special on each class member’s valentine card to give to them at the Valentines party.
I love that her school celebrates Valentines in this way. I love that they encourage every child to bring a valentine for every friend. Not only is it good relationship building as a family but it’s a great opportunity to show love to every kid in the class. We want to encourage Ellie to see every kid the way Jesus views them. I don’t know about you but not everyone is my biggest fan. Not everyone likes me and that is ok with me. To be honest there are individuals that don’t smell like peaches and cream to me either but every person has a quality that makes them special. We can show kindness to everyone. We SHOULD show kindness to everyone. We should look for the good in each person. Yes! We should also show love to those who are not kind toward us.
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44
I simply believe that the world would be a sweeter place if we just walked around handing out valentines to EVERYONE simply because every single person in this world matters to God.
If I could go back to high school I would be “THAT” girl. The one who walks the halls handing everyone she passes a candy gram, no matter who they are or how much they like or dislike me. I wouldn’t waste the day feeling sorry for myself because no one addressed a candy gram to me. Deep down we are all the same. The world is just like high school. You have your jocks, preps, misfits, band nerds, smart kids and so on but deep down we all are in need of Jesus and if we dig a little deeper we secretly all want a candy gram too. I can’t go back to high school but I can be “THAT” girl now.
If during the month of February I hand you a lollipop with a corny note attached just smile and take it. Humor me! I’m just doing now what I should have done back then… showing EVERYONE that they are loved by Him.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34