On our latest episode of Ten Minutes Or Less, we shared about how God’s love is there at our beginning and end, in between and beyond. It is a constant that surrounds us in every moment of our lives. Out of this love and because of this love at work in our lives (we’d call it God’s grace), we are sent then, as the hands and feet of Jesus, to be love in the world. In so doing, we recall and put flesh on the words from 1 John: “We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
At The Local Church, we capture this idea in our mantra, “Love Where You Are.” Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to remember that you are loved and then to carry that love into the world — wherever and with whom you find yourself. To help you do that, we’ve put together 50 Ways to Love Where You Are on Valentine’s Day. You can do these as an individual or as a family! And this list is by no means exhaustive. We’d love for you to add your own (in the comments below or on social media).
If this list inspires you to action, be sure to get pictures and then post them! Tag @localchurchpbo and use hashtag #lovewhereyouare!
Buy the person in line behind you lunch or a cup of coffee. (This is especially fun in drive-thru situations!)
Position yourself at the entrance to a business and hold the door open for everyone who walks in.
Text someone you haven’t talked to in a while to reconnect.
Stop and pray for the people in the place where you are.
Leave an extra big tip at lunch or dinner.
Meet someone new (and get their name!)
Wish “Happy Valentine’s Day” to five people you don’t know.
Read your Valentine’s Day card aloud instead of just handing it to someone.
Pick up some trash in the parking lot on the way to your car.
Donate to a local mission/charity.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to someone — even if it’s not their birthday!
Carry someone’s groceries to their car for them.
Return shopping carts to the front of a store.
Turn off your phone (or other device) to focus on the person in front of you.
Bake a treat for a neighbor.
Talk less. Listen more.
Take some chalk to a park and leave messages (or pictures) of love and encouragement.
Leave a note under the windshield complimenting someone’s parking.
Learn something new about your community.
Adopt a pet who needs some love.
Throw a spontaneous party for your neighbors. (Or begin planning one!)
Invite someone to sit with you.
Learn about the zero-waste movement, and think about what you can do to join.
Deliver a singing telegram to someone you don’t know. (Or someone you do.) Be sure to have someone get video!
Start a book (or read a blog) written by someone who sees the world differently than you do.
Forgive someone who has hurt you.
Put some reusable bags in your car to use while grocery shopping.
Buy a dozen roses and give them away to strangers one-by-one.
Invite someone to a Local Table!
Text or email someone who has recently lost a close friend or family member.
Write and mail a thank you note.
Take a selfie with someone you love. Share it on Instagram or Facebook!
Pray for someone who is difficult for you to love.
Leave a note of encouragement for someone to find (at school, work, or another public place).
Buy a potted plant to give away.
Go plogging. (It’s a thing.)
Patronize a local business you’ve never been to.
Buy a bag of Hershey’s kisses (or bake some cookies) and give them away to strangers.
Get on Pinterest, and hand-make a card for somebody.
Build and/or put up a bird feeder.
Give someone a compliment (about something other than their appearance!)
Leave a handwritten thank you note for your mail carrier or the people who pick up your garbage and recycling.
Loan a book you love to a friend.
Let someone ahead of you in line.
Love the earth by getting your coffee “to-stay” (in a reusable mug) instead of to-go.
Leave a kind note in a library book for the next person to read. (No spoilers!)
Write a favorite poem or Bible verse on a card, and give it to someone.
Wear your Love Where You Are shirt (and talk about it!)