Words to Live By


In my last post I talked about different love languages. Although we may favor one love language over another all of the languages can speak to our heart. 

 In my opinion one of the most powerful love languages is Words of Affirmation. No matter our primary love language we all still need words of encouragement and love spoken over us regularly. The problem is we’re often too busy and  we miss opportunities to bless others with an encouraging word. Or, we’re hesitant because we don’t know how it will be received or if it will seem awkward.

 I like what Henri Nouwen has to say on this topic …

 When we talk to one another, we often talk about what happened, what we are doing, or what we plan to do. Often we say, “What’s up?” and we encourage one another to share the details of our daily lives. But often we want to hear something else. We want to hear, “I’ve been thinking of you today,” or “I missed you,” or “I wish you were here,” or “I really love you.” It is not always easy to say these words, but such words can deepen our bonds with one another.

Telling someone “I love you” in whatever way is always delivering good news. Nobody will respond by saying, “Well, I knew that already, you don’t have to say it again”! Words of love and affirmation are like bread. We need them each day, over and over. They keep us alive inside.

Who needs to hear words of encouragement from you today?


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