We all know about Gary Chapman’s best-selling book The 5 Love Languages. The website has a handy quiz that even helps you discover your love language. According to the quiz, I’m a sucker for quality time and words of affirmation. No offense to Dr. Chapman, but more and more lately, I have come to realize that there are more than five ways to give and receive love. I have felt loved in a number of ways this past month, including when I passed a mile marker and got to go home for a few days. Below are just a few of them.
On Valentine’s Day, I could have gotten cranky and celebrated another “Singles’ Awareness Day.” Instead I got a bouquet of flowers sent to my office from my dad and thanked God for my family (see photo above).
The students I’m living with are doing a good job of cleaning up after themselves in the living room and kitchen.
I received a strong and warm embrace from a friend I hadn’t seen in two weeks.
A woman from my church sent me an email to thank me for doing a “fantabulous” job, noting that I give God all of the glory.
I constantly get encouragement in the form of texts, emails, Facebook likes and comments from my tech-savvy momma.
Another friend played with my hair and spent time rubbing a knot out of my shoulder, where I tend to keep my stress.
My brother-in-law sent me two “thank you” notes, when one wasn’t even necessary.
My sister let joyful tears slip down her cheeks when I surprised her for her 30th birthday.
I was escorted to and from the airport in NJ by my chauffeur, I mean, younger brother.
One of my students prophetically prayed for me during one our small group gatherings.
I have heard love defined as sacrificing oneself for the sake of another. That definition could not be more accurate:
What are some ways you feel loved?