He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’;and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NIV
Valentine’s Day is all about romantic hearts, balloons, flowers, and cards. But imagine a Valentine’s where young girls aren’t smashed because of unrequited love. I grew up thinking that Valentine’s was only about romantic love. Sure I got a few well-wishes from friends, but that was just the fluff. If you didn’t have a boyfriend, you just weren’t as special as everyone else–or at least that’s what I thought.We have the power to change our kids’ hearts and make Valentine’s Day something more. Click To Tweet
The last thing I want is for my girls’ identity to be wrapped up in whether or not some silly boy is falling all over them. The beauty of it is, we have the power to change our kids’ hearts and make Valentine’s Day something more. We can’t wait until they are teenagers and already smashed because of the lack of attention they are getting. We can start now by making Valentine’s Day about showing real love, true love, the kind that Jesus has for others. We can start by teaching our kids to use Valentine’s as an opportunity to show RAK (random acts of kindness) to our neighbors.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
RAK (aka Random Acts of Kindness) are all about showing loving randomly to people. The emphasis on this is “random.” We aren’t sending love to someone because they first loved us. We are sending to love to those who may or may not be loving because that’s what God calls us to do. None of us are perfect and we want to be shown love too, so let’s lead by example.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High,because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” Luke 6:35 NIV
When we love on those we don’t even know, we aren’t doing it because we expect anything in return. We are simply doing it because it’s the right thing to do.
So now that you are sold on RAK, what are some simple, family-oriented RAK that you can do for others?
- Leave a flowers on cars at the grocery.
- Put coins in candy and toy machines. Leave them for someone to find.
- Clip coupons and lay them on the items where they are located in the stores.
- Leave fun bookmarks in random books at the library.
- Make a care package to send to soldiers.
- Pass out Valentine’s candy boxes to the homeless.
- Use sidewalk chalk to leave positive notes or Bible verses in a local park.
Who’s got time for that?
If you work and your child goes to school, choose an activity to do in the afternoon or over the weekend. If you are a homeschool mom, why not make a day of it? There’s nothing more important than teaching our kids to be loving and kind! You can also include writing notes or sticking within a budget and handling money for math, too. Whatever you choose, do it with gusto and flair. Say a prayer for the recipients and discuss the activity when you are done. You are changing the meaning behind Valentine’s Day, one RAK at a time.
What RAK would you like to do for Valentine’s Day?