Love is said a million ways. We most often think of the big dramatic first “I love you”, which signifies this is more than a simple friendship. I remember standing outside my parents’ house with my now-husband, and hearing him ask, “What would you say if I told you ‘I love you’?” It was a defining moment in our relationship, but even more importantly, he had backed up those words through months of invested friendship (getting to know my family, figuring out my favorite coffee, texting me Scripture verses, etc).
In the last couple months, I’ve been thankful for the many ways I’ve heard “I love you” through special actions of friends when I’ve needed it. I suppose this post is more of a gratitude journal coupled with a personal challenge to love others well.
Love looks like getting a text message from a friend just to ask how you’re feeling that day.
Love tastes like chicken strips sent home with you by a friend because it’s the exact food you’ve been craving for four days, and you quickly devour that bag in three days.
Love sounds like the quiet prayers of a two year old pleading with Jesus to help mama not be sick.
Love smells like your husband faithfully cooking supper each night because you’re too tired to do it all.
Love feels like your bed when you are sent upstairs for a nap, when your eyes just can’t stay open anymore.
Love tastes like Juice Stop picked up by your husband on the way home, because it’s the only thing you can eat.
Love sounds like washing the dishes, because he knows you hate the dishes. And you simply say, “I love you too.”
Love looks like flowers given just because.
Love sounds like prayers on your behalf being sent up.
Love looks, feels, tastes, sounds and smells like many things. The words may be great to hear, but the actions give it power.
Today, how can you say “I love you” without using words? And perhaps, start recording how often you “hear” it too. You may be surprised by the number of ways you’ve heard it just this week.