The Small Things with Great Love Challenge

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?


That’s how I feel about it.

I just don’t like it. Which feels bad to say about a day dedicated to love. I dread the huge stuffed animals marketed in every store, the variety chocolate boxes, the pressure to have a romantic evening, and the disappointment that almost always follows. It’s no reflection on my husband; he does everything he’s supposed to do. The day just feels….forced.

The day pressures us for some grand display of affection when, truly, love is shown in small things done on boring regular days.

So I was pondering this issue. Thinking about something I could do to celebrate Valentine’s Day that would feel real, not phony. Sincere, not artificial.

And the idea for the Small Things with Great Love Challenge was born.

It was Mother Teresa who said “We can’t all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” And that’s what I want us to do leading up to Valentine’s Day. Will you join me?

Let’s intentionally love on the people who are already in our circles. In small, quick, easy, cheap ways. Not just our significant other, but our colleagues, friends, and neighbors.  And reclaim some of the joy and enthusiasm that a day dedicated to love should bring.

Here’s how it will work- Each day I’ll post a challenge on Facebook and Instagram. (So if you’re not following me there, head on over and do that.) Sometime during the day, complete the challenge. Then come back to the social media post and tell us about it.

Note: You may need to go to my profile to see the challenges if they don’t show up in your newsfeed. Unfortunately, following someone on Facebook doesn’t mean you see everything they post… Frustrating, right?)

The challenges are designed to be do-able and not at all overwhelming. Anyone can do them! They’re not designed specifically for wives or moms, just women seeking to brighten someone’s day. I’ve tried several random acts of kindness challenges before and never finished them (I’m a terrible person). Most of us are busy and overwhelmed. Many of us are broke. This is not going to be hard, time-consuming, or expensive.

We can’t be too busy to purposefully love on the people that God has put in our path.

The only things you’ll need to buy are cookie dough (or ingredients for making cookies) and the ingredients to double a meal you’re already planning to make. If you’re a planner, you can go ahead and think through those purchases now. If you’re like me, you’ll probably just pick up a bucket of chicken!

The only rule is: No guilt allowed!! If you can’t do the challenge that day, repeat one we’ve already done or invent your own. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just jump back in the next day.

Together we can brighten our corners of the world. I think we all need a little of that right now.

The first challenge will be posted tomorrow morning! Are you in?

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Such a great idea! I’ve never liked Valentine’s Day so anything to encourage others is great! It’s not about the money spent but the care and love given,!

Scott LaPierre

Oh man, I forgot Valentine’s is approaching that quickly! Not good when you’re the author of a marriage book :). Anyway, thanks for the reminder, and I’m looking forward to seeing your challenges and hopefully implementing them.

Olu Afolabi

Well, I am a little late on the challenge. But I found this post to be very true and inspiring. I do believe we should show love in our world every day of the year. So inspired by this post, I will challenge myself to go on a 14 day love spree – doing the small things with great love!