I had favor in the grocery store that surprised me. Another shopper lifted my spirits. She was a giver not a taker. I met her in the checkout line. She motioned to go ahead of her because she was waiting for her husband. He returned just as I began to load my 20 or so items on the belt! As I hunted for my rewards card in my purse, I noticed her next to me again, this time in front of me and not behind. “Is it OK if I bag your groceries?” I thanked her. The cashier thanked her. She responded: “I haven’t dropped your eggs yet so that’s good!” I chided: “Are you the type that can’t stand still for a second?” Laughing, she said: “I didn’t want to have to squeeze past you to get back in line, so while in front, I thought I’d help.” I told her that I felt blessed.
As I pushed my cart to my car, I thought about her. Why did I just receive this favor and why did her kindness cheer me up so? The answer came…she gave me my love language, “acts of service.” When I feel loved, I want to love back. I feel compelled to love. Giving someone their love language is personal and powerful gift.
There are five love languages according to Gary Chapman that make us feel loved: 1)physical touch, 2) words of affirmation, 3)quality time, 4)giving gifts, 5)acts of service.
What is your love language? It’s good to know how to bless those close to us with their love language but what is surprising is to meet a stranger and be blessed. Was she following the lead of the Holy Spirit? The Lord knows everybody’s love language. I felt His touch! That’s what happened to me today.
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