The next writing prompt in “God Is My Happy Place” is
“Use this acrostic to consider the ways you could love others. L-O-V-E.”
L – listen. Sometimes a listening ear is what someone needs. A lot of times people don’t feel heard. But also, listening helps us know what the person needs. If we don’t know what the person really needs, we can end up trying to help in a way they really don’t need based on an assumption we made in the first sentence or two of them speaking. Some people try to be problem solvers and fixers, when what the person really needs is someone to listen to them.
O – offer assistance, if the person is in need of something. Sometimes people just want the offer. They may not accept the help, but they appreciate the thought. Though offering to help, when we are unable to do so, isn’t helpful either. Most importantly, obey the Lord and do what He tells you to do in the situation. That will always be the best way to go.
V – volunteer, if needed. Following through on giving the help that was offered, if the person accepted the help. If we just promise to help, but never do, we aren’t helping the person and we aren’t being very loving. Though if someone doesn’t accept the help and we try to help anyway, it can make a situation worse.
E – encouragement and prayer. Sometimes we are unable to volunteer/assist someone in any other way than to give encouragement and pray for them. And sometimes that is what they need more than anything.
There are so many ways to love others. This is just what I came up with to go with the acrostic. Feel free to use the acrostic and come up with your own ideas. Share in the comments or post on your own blog.
Added note: Next week, I probably will not be posting anything due to vacation time.