Single Appreciation Day

Happy Single Appreciation Day!

Notice I didn’t say singles appreciation day.

But single.

Our culture is obsessed with relationships, and I know because I’m one of them!

I used to HATE Valentine’s Day because I was single.

Charles Ringma writes, “We are surrounded by family and friends who have enriched our lives in various ways. Much has been given to us. But we receive more when we are thankful for all that God and others have given us. It is thankfulness that builds in us the capacity for generosity. Unthankfulness robs us of the benefits of the very thing we have received…life” (Seize The Day With Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

I love this quote.

I also love how the Bible spells it out, and very succinctly I might add.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

So like I said, today is single appreciation day. Why? Because we need to see the beauty in singling out those we love. Maybe you hate Valentine’s Day and maybe you don’t. Let today be the day to show how much you appreciate those you love.

Be generous to your family and friends.

Be thankful for them.

I personally find love means more when I express it out loud. That way there is no guessing as to how I’m thinking and feeling toward that person. They know it because I show it (so cheesy and hopefully so true)!

To see how important it is to express how much we love others while we have the chance, I wanted to post this video of Kim Burrell on her relationship with Whitney Houston. It is very touching, and will make you cry!

[Photos taken from iStockPhoto and my iPhone]