Valentine's Day With Fountains of Wayne
There are only ever a few great poets writing popular music at any given time. And they are rarely recognized in their greatness until the end of their career. Because it is generally the entire corpus that is seen as great, rather than a single hit song. Fountains of Wayne is one of those bands. One of their greatest songs is not a love song, but instead a ‘near love song.’
There are two characters, Seth Shapiro and Beth Mackenzie. Check it out.
They are both likable and looking for love. They would probably make a great match. But it turns out that the reason that Beth Mackenzie is single is that she’s selfish and cold hearted. Opportunities are right in front of her, but she sees people as obstacles to her success rather than opportunities to connect. And so she leaves Seth Shapiro for dead and, presumably, ends up a lonely old cat lady, talking to herself while she watches reruns of the King of Queens.
The moral of the story. The people around you are people. People made in the image of God. Treat them as such. Not as obstacles. You may be surprised at the connections you make with strangers if you take seriously the admonition to be kind to strangers (Heb. 13:2).