Many years ago someone wrote a book about the 5 Love Languages and how to “speak” each other’s language. It was a fine book, but they failed to mention my favorite Love Language… FOOD! Ever since I was a young girl, I have baked and cooked for the people I love. I learned to bake banana bread for my family in 4th grade. In college, I would go home to do laundry during Sunday afternoons. While my laundry was running, I would make cookies or Rice Krispy bars for my friends back at school. In our Youth Ministry days, I told our teens that they could stop by our house any time and I would make them a snack. Several made it a habit to stop by after school for a cookie or popcorn. And on their birthdays, I would make my youth group girls a special batch of my famous strawberry lemonade, frozen in a zip lock with a bow on it. These are ways I showed love.
This last weekend we had our first “Leaders Retreat” at our house. We are in University ministry, and this last year we launched our first 4 groups on 4 campuses with 8 more in the works for 2013. So now that we have leaders, we need to train them. My husband did two days worth of teaching, training, and planning with our students. I made all the meals for them. I literally started prepping 3 days before the event. I made the base for a cold press coffee cooler drink that the students love. It takes 24 hours to brew. I made the menu and sent my husband to the store while I taught school during the day. Then when our car broke down, I walked to the store myself for the last few ingredients that needed to be purchased fresh.
In addition to preparing meals from scratch and washing dishes about 10 times a day, I taught a cookie baking workshop in my kitchen. I told them, “Food makes friends- especially hungry University students.” I have never seen a college kid turn down a home made cookie. I send them with my husband to his teaching seminars all around the country and they make him very popular. I send them as gifts to students when I hear that it’s their birthday. Now our students could invite others to their groups by passing out cookies and a flyer. Cookies open doors and iced coffee opens hearts. Food should definitely be considered a love language.