Gifting by Love Language: Acts of Service
Last week, I focused on the Love Language, Words of Affirmation. As I move through this series, my goal is to transition in a way that seems natural and complementary of each Love Language. Words of Affirmation deals with positive encouraging words, building up, appreciation. The natural transition that came to mind was Acts of Service. Acts of Service, as you can imagine, deals with serving someone. Some of the challenges faced in trying to gift a service person are: how does one gift a service without seeming impersonal? Can a person truly appreciate an act over a tangible gift? Of course! Acts of Service doesn’t necessarily have to be actual action per se. For example, I am hands down an Acts of Service person. Nothing speaks louder to me than someone offering to lighten my load, or give me a chance to catch my breath. My husband loves giving me gifts, but I just adore him when he picks up around the house or lets me go on a date by myself. These are the things I deeply appreciate and so will other Service people.
Gift Idea #1: Service Day
This is where a “honey-do” list would really come in handy. If you don’t happen to have that on hand, ask the Service person what 10 tasks would they love to see accomplished or get help with. Plan a special “service” day. Spend the day with your service person and help them knock things out. You could also do some ninja serving and surprise them with what you knock out for them!
Gift Idea #2: Service Coupon Book
Husbands (obviously this is for everyone, but let’s be cute), this is for you! A service coupon booklet. All those chores your wife asks you to help her with, make a coupon booklet out of them. Decorate a mini journal/notebook and add a task to each page. Get creative and really give an authentic coupon look. This is a guaranteed MVP gift move. Your Service person will canonized you upon receiving this gift. *wink*
Gift Idea #3: Hire a Service
Last but definitely not least… Hire out the service. When you may not have the time or energy or expertise to provide a desired service, get someone who can. This can be anything. Maid service, landscaping, power washing… the list goes on.
Acts of Service is really about putting yourself aside, to help meet the need of another. This may not come natural, but I hope I have at least spurred a few ideas as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day draws near.