I attended a school for girls only. The norm was that when students were returning to school for the second term of the session (which commenced in January), they came armed with all sorts of gifts for their special friends.
I really never knew how serious this issue of valentines day was until one day in my semi – final year when our teachers went to the hostels while students were still in the class area to ransack our belongings. The school bus was filled with a LOT of items. I was amazed because I barely had enough pocket money to cater for my own needs at the time.
Most of the gifts these students brought to school with them were contrabands. Only God knows how these students were able to smuggle in those items without being caught during inspection at the gate upon resumption.
They damned the consequences. They were ready to loose their integrity. They did not care about their good names as long as they were allowed to celebrate valentines. They were infected with what I call the “Valentine’s fever”
When infected, you loose your sense of reasoning. You seize to be objective. You go all out on the wrong path not caring about the aftermath of your decisions. It all happens so fast you are neck – deep in trouble before you realize what you have done to yourself.
Many youths look forward to valentines day celebration with so much excitement.
Valentines day- a life determinant day (just like any other day).
Many destinies are truncated by this fever. Many loose their virginity at valentines. Many engage in all sorts of sexual sins during this period. Lies upon lies by the predators who come to their preys in the name of love.
All for what exactly?
A stick of rose made with cloth? You don’t even get to get a bunch of fresh flowers.
Or is it because of a bowl of ice cream or chocolate bars? As if you would die if you don’t get to eat one.
Or probably because of a teddy bear that actually looks more like a cat than it looks like a bear? And even if it actually looks like a bear, have you not survived without one up until now? If indeed you need to hold on to something while you sleep, I guess your pillow should be appropriate or at worst you roll up a wrapper for that purpose.
How about you have a rethink before you catch the valentine’s fever.
In case you have been infected, it’s best you are quarantined till you heal up completely.
Even if you are yet to be infected, I will suggest you get quarantined too. Else your friends influence you into joining the bandwagon of those set for destruction.
To protect yourself from this fever, you need a constant shot of God’s love. God’s love is appropriate for the healing of those who are infected too.
Embrace the love of God through His words. Isolate yourself in God’s presence.
NO ONE can love you like God does.
Love yourself enough to say “No” to the gimmicks of the one who just wants to take advantage of you.
Don’t let anyone deceive you with some smooth talk and cart away with your treasured dignity. It’s valentines day not your honeymoon.
If you must celebrate valentines, make sure it does not take your salvation from you. As long as God is part of your celebration, it’s okay.
A word is enough for the wise.
A little something for my married folks: celebrate your love everyday not just on valentines.
I love you all with the love of Christ!
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola