What exactly does the statement “to love well” mean?
I had a sweet friend tell me this morning, “thank you for loving me so well.”
I’ve pondered over the statement all afternoon.
My response was “when there is absolutely nothing else that can done, love and love well.”
Am I loving well? That’s definitely a quality I want to possess.
We all know what love is. There is spouse and children love. There is friend love. There is the love of items…
I went to the dictionary and my favorite definition of “well” was
Love thoroughly. Some are easy to love all the way inside and out. Some are a little bit of a stretch but deserve it just the same. I’m completely positive I’m not loveable 100% of the time.
This is a good one. Love carefully. Love comes in waves sometimes. Some people need to be loved gently. They require gentleness and kindness. Some don’t even know that they need to be loved carefully but to those around them, it’s very obvious. Be extra vigilant. Look around. Get your face out of your phone and look at people around you. Some are just waiting for eye contact. A smile. Anything!
Soundly could mean different things but I take it as deep and throughly. I think that is where my circumstance came today. I wanted this person to know how much I cared for them.
I want to love people well.
Some days I need to be loved well. This year I have sent messages with a tag line that says “I love you beyond measure.” I want to love as Jesus loves me. There is not condition to my love. You can make choices I don’t agree with. You can be 180 degrees opposite from me. We can disagree and I might cry but that has no merit of my love for you.
How are you loving people well? I always hear that you should find people in your season of life and connect. I agree and I disagree. How do we learn from the people that are ahead of us in life? How do we gain knowledge and insight to things we do not know to navigate?
How do we share our life experiences with those that are in different seasons than we are. How about those Mommas with the little people? Some don’t have Mommas and Daddy’s to ask advise. Some need to sit at your feet and soak in your knowledge and experience. Some need to cry. Some need for you to offer to take those littles for an afternoon so that they can take a shower and a nap in complete silence. How are you loving well?
I did not mean for this to turn into a sermon but as I experience life and a comment like “thank you for loving so well” shakes my core, I think it’s important to rattle some cages.
This morning was not the easiest of mornings. I felt a little unloveable. I struggled with my attitude and my body felt unhealthy and dang it, I had stuff to do. However, prior to our second gathering, the band circled behind the stage. The circle held tension. I don’t know why but it did. Why did the first gathering go so good when the attitudes were sucky? How can we not be joyful as we sing songs titled “Unstoppable God” and “Nothing is Impossible” and “No Longer Slaves.” How can we sing of such power and grace and have a bad attitude. I can only speak for me but after we held hands and prayed the words of the songs we were privileged to sing this morning and lead others to Jesus with, my attitude changed. Jesus loved me well this morning. He grabbed me by the shoulder and shook a little. Nothing is Impossible with me you silly girl. You are not a slave, you are a child of the Utmost High. I AM the Unstoppable God Almighty and don’t you forget it.
So today, make a plan for this week. Find someone and love them well.