What can you die for?

It’s said that the Roman Emperor, Claudius II, believed married soldiers were no good, so soldiers were forbidden to marry.

A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

According to legend, during imprisonment, he healed Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer, Asterius. The jailer’s daughter and his forty-four member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized

One thing struck me about this story of St. Valentine: It’s far removed from our definition of Valentine today; it's not about romance or a fancy Hollywood love story.

It’s the story of a man who was imprisoned and killed for what he believed in— a man who lived his belief, and died for it. It’s a story of faith, courage, sacrifice and love.

In a world where many are quick to exchange their beliefs and values for popular opinion, trending ideas, or approval from others, Valentine's day is an opportunity to think about what we stand for.

It’s a reminder to ask ourselves: what things are most important to me? what standards will I live up to even if it means facing shame, disrespect, rejection or losing something or someone valuable to me?

What do I believe in? What do I stand for? What do I live for, and what can I die for?

When we decide what these things are, we must ask ourselves: Am I giving attention to what matters most to me? Am I living for what I can die for?

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I am a water engineer, interpersonal skills coach & teen counselor. I write on hope and rising above shame, rejection, fear & failure. Follow on IG @dipoadebayo

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I am a water engineer, interpersonal skills coach & teen counselor. I write on hope and rising above shame, rejection, fear & failure. Follow on IG @dipoadebayo

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