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Valentines Day, True Love, and The Scary Diaper God

February 14, 2013


Valentines Day is scary. And it’s scary because of the type of love it (often) celebrates. Love is often portrayed as this super emotional, mysterious, powerful, nuclear explosion of passion that can attack in a fraction of a nano-second. I know that sounds really hot and cool, and all at the same time, but without being warm. Pure hotness. Pure coolness. All.At.The.Same.Time.Yet.Not.Warm. But it’s not. It’s terrifying, and let me tell you why.

You can be sitting on your unicycle, minding your own business, living the dream of being able to ride a unicycle. You’re mostly happily married, sometimes there are off days, but on the whole, you love your partner and they love you. Maybe the only nuclear explosions you’ve participated in recently are your children’s diapers, but overall, the love is there and you love it.

So you’re riding your unicycle, when all of a sudden, diaper baby god with an arrow hits you in the buttocks. You stumble a bit, moving back and forth on your unicycle to keep the balance, and you think your ok, but then you see her/him. Diaper baby god’s arrow flows through your very being and you instantly fall passionately in “love” with the smoking average person in front of you.

Boo ya! Passion! Pure hotness. Pure coolness. Total nuclear love.

But what about the partner back home? The partner you’ve loved for several years? The family you have created? The real love that takes years to form, nurture and develop? You’ve thrown it all away, for what diaper god says is true love.

Now I’m not against passion, romance, love, nuclear experiences, or bicycles. They have their rightful place. But Valentines Day seems to me to say that the momentarily fling, that comes as instantly as an arrow in the butt, and can leave just as quickly, is to be preferred over the long slow messy process of true love.

And to me that is a very scary – and wrong – thing to celebrate.

Let’s celebrate true love this Valentines Day, as put most eloquently by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak in the tongues of humanity or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.


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