I know that we over-commercialize Valentine's Day in this country, just as we over-commercialize most holidays. By doing so, we perpetuate the myth that gifts, and romantic gestures are required to show our love of our spouses and children. As I grow older, and wisdom comes to me like a lightning bolt from the sky, I have come to realize that real lovers don't have to give physical gifts. In order to love you must follow biblical dictates. This is a lesson I learned late in life; but, I am glad I learned it. This is a more serious message than the typical FutureLawyer post; but, it is so important that I must say the words. Try reading this passage, and pledging to live by it for the rest of your life. It has been life changing for me:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Happy Valentine's Day to my lovely wife, Jacquelyn, and to Aron and Ariana.