Love Looks Like

“My vision is that these cards would travel around with you as you wander through life, but they wouldn’t stay with you. I envision you might leave a card with your tip at a restaurant, or slip it to a barista as you are handed your coffee. It could be just the thing a friend needs on a difficult day, or a reminder to a coworker that they are valued. Encouragement impacts people, and I am excited to see how these cards might play a role in reminding people of their value and worth.”

I love this.

Last week, I attended an event at my church. It was a night for moms and ladies of all ages. It’s title ‘Beautiful’. I haven’t been feeling very ‘beautiful’ lately. I’ve been feeling everything but.

I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to go. I hate facing people these days. I just feel so worn out that I just don’t have it in me to put on a face and I’m not quite sure that I want to suffer any sort of breakdown in front of anyone either. But I went. I went just to get out of the house for a little bit. To be alone. I went more for the car ride than the event. The complete silence for 45 minutes. Time to collect my thoughts, my strength.

I found my seat and listened to the speaker. She was good. She sounded a lot like me. As I glanced around the room, I saw that she sounded a lot like all of us. And I could tell that a lot of women hadn’t been feeling very ‘beautiful’ lately.

Once the speaker finished, we were introduced to ‘Love Looks Like’. We picked out different cards, they look just like business cards, except they have an encouraging message on the front. You can write a note if you want on the back, but the idea is that you just hand these out to strangers or friends. Just to remind them that they are loved just as they are.

As someone who hasn’t felt loved lately and who constantly thinks that she just needs to fix or change, being loved just as I am, just as we are, is something that I desperately want to believe, but there just aren’t enough people saying it.

What an amazing thing to do?! I think back to the times that a stranger has said something to me, something that I absolutely needed to hear at that exact moment. It doesn’t happen as often as I would like, or need rather, but when it does, it changes me. Even if it’s just for a few seconds.

Of course, the idea of handing these out to strangers is a bit daunting. Stepping out of our comfort zone makes all of us slightly nervous, but then I think, what if we are the only ones that let those people know just how loved they are.

And isn’t that what love looks like? Doesn’t it look like us stepping out of our comfort area and taking a chance on telling someone just how we feel. Love isn’t really about ourselves. It’s about the other person, right?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

As Christians we are commanded to love our neighbors. I struggle with this. A lot. But just because I struggle doesn’t mean that I’m not expected to love anyways, right?

Imagine what your world would look like if you loved more.

Imagine the impact.

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To answer the question, I hope it does.




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