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The best Valentine

Growing up, I looked forward to February for three big reasons.

Two of them because of birthdays and one just for me.

The birthdays of Washington and Lincoln always fascinated me.

George Washington was quite a fellow. After helping the new country rid itself of foreign government, some supporters encouraged Washington to make himself king. But he wanted no part of that.

Washington was convinced that this could be a great democratic country. He became the first president and his work in that capacity made it happen.

I especially remember the story of the cherry tree and how he declared he could not tell a lie. I am sure you would agree that is refreshing today!

Lincoln’s birthday is also celebrated in February. Abraham Lincoln, a study of success after several failures, became a February mainstay.

I never could see why he walked that penny back to the owner but “Honest Abe” he certainly was. His strength during the Civil War kept the country together.

Two men so instrumental in history, perhaps are no longer remembered. Sad, I think.

You may be wondering about me. You probably could guess.

Being someone’s Valentine is still nice. The candy, however, no longer holds the same attraction.

Being reminded to tell the truth and to be honest is a part of our February lives. I am sure you agree both are worthy.

Jesus still is the best Valentine we have. He loved us and gave His life for us.

Have a February worth remembering.

Don Miller is the minister of Bentonville Christian Church and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.