Let's try something today in our pursuit of spiritual formation.
Little or no thought of what would be a blessing to you, personally and much more thought on what would be a blessing to our spouse, and if unmarried, then what would be a blessing to others.
An example is that one Valentine's Day, Brenda was on an emergency trip to Florida, and I volunteered to watch the children of a family in the church. This gave them a night out, that they hadn't had in years. They really didn't know what to do, because it had been so long since it was just them together on a date. They were so romance deprived they actually wandered around Costco after their dinner. The event gave me the opportunity to speak into their marriage to recapture romance, and to romance one another much more often.
One idea for the unmarried or the married who are separated from their spouse for a variety of good reasons is to be a blessing to a romance deprived young family and volunteer to watch their kids for a few hours.
Today, for my own spiritual formation I had to turn my natural tendency of thinking what would be a blessing to me for Valentine's Day, to what would be a blessing to Brenda.
The best example of being a blessing to others is our Lord who is described in Philippians 2 this way.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
Let us all be a blessing to others today, and all days