"I give you a new commandment: that you love one another."
-- John 13:34 (AMP)
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It's getting close to Valentine's Day. The stores are overflowing with gifts and mementos to show tangible acts of love. As I walked down the aisles, valentine card caught my eye.
As I picked up different cards to read the sayings, I thought about the fun I had as a girl in school signing and passing out valentines to my classmates and friends. It reminded me of a former time that I decided to have with Valentine's Day.
Looking over the multitudes of cards, I noticed how some contained glitter on each letter that sparkled and shined a loving sentiment. Some had velvet-like surfaces that soothed my senses as I rubbed my fingers across them.
For a moment I felt funny looking at the classmates' valentines; after all, I'm not a schoolgirl. However, I did something daring -- I bought some!
Arriving home, I excitedly opened the package and enjoyed myself as I sifted through the sparkling glitter letters and velveteen hearts. I delighted myself in pleasurable sentiments on each one. Then I placed my signature on the back of each card and stuffed them in the small, white envelopes provided.
Next, I grabbed my address book and a box of large, white envelopes -- the kind you use for mailing letters -- and placed the cards inside and started addressing them to my friends and their family members.
As I stuffed each envelope with a card, I abandoned all thoughts of silliness and immaturity and delighted in the thought of letting someone know I cared.
Sometimes, what we think may be a silly sentiment can be a tangible touch to another. Letting someone know we care about them is never simple-minded or silly. Everyone needs to know they are loved; doing so in simple ways can be fun and fulfilling at the same time.
My friends responded to my sentiments by letting me know how much fun they had receiving my cards.
Many people enjoy a tangible touch of love. It doesn't have to cost much either. One simple red rose can let a sweetheart know he or she is loved. A note with one chocolate candy kiss can send romance to new heights, especially when the alternative of giving nothing may have been all you thought you could afford.
We don't always have to give diamonds. Jesus instructed us to give love. Love is multifaceted like a diamond.
Sometimes, we give words of love and affirmations spoken from the heart. Other times, it's a tangible gift or a sweet childlike sentiment.
It's never silly or complex … it's pure and simple.
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She will be speaking on "13 Steps to Make Your Dreams Realities in 2013" from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach. Free, but reservations are suggested due to limited seating. Call (847) 543-8413 or email Annetteebudzban@aol.com