Wishing Well - Elise Ledon
Guys. PLEASE watch this video of my friend singing her original song Wishing Well. Elise is so talented and has such a beautiful voice and all she needs is a bunch of views on her video by today to win the singer/songwriter competition she entered!
So please do this lovely lady a favor and watch (and watch again!) this video and pass it on!
THANK YOU. <3
He looks at me as if I am the only woman in the world.
As if he could never love another girl.
His gaze and his smile tell a story of a man who has the world at his fingertips and yet makes me his world.
His eyes tell me I’ll never have to do anything to prove I’m pretty because I am already forever his beauty.
I am his muse. I am his hope. I am his oxygen.
He cannot live without me. Yet he does not live in fear because he already knows my heart is his. It is his to guard and to cherish. He holds it dear. Carries it like it is made of the most delicate porcelain.
His eyes are my breath. His smile is my soul. His laugh is my life. And his love is a gift. A gift kissed to me from heaven.
There is a string. A string that has withstood time and erased time.
We don’t know a past. We only know our love.
And in that moment when he gazed at me, I know why I have lived.
I think something this world today likes to forget is that you aren’t actually supposed to love others more than you love yourself.
I read this book today, (my friend is struggling with…) Finding True Love, that really emphasized this point during a conversation between two characters.
“I’ve never had such strong feelings for a girl before,” Luke explained. “I just want to be with Traci all the time. When we are together, I want to touch her and kiss her, and those desires almost got me in big trouble last weekend. Does this mean I’m…in love with Traci?”
”The big L-word,” Doug said with a slight smile.
“The word love never crossed my mind with other girls I’ve dated,”
Luke explained. “Traci is different. I just want to know if it really is love.”
“How do you think a person knows if he or she is in love?” Doug asked.
Luke shrugged. ”It’s some kind of very special feeling, I guess.”
“Let me put it another way. That do you think being in love looks like?”
Luke waved at the fly again. ”I don’t know. Maybe it looks like two people holding hands, going places together…”
Doug pulled a slim, leather-bound New Testament from the back pocket of his jeans. “When I first met Jenny in college, I would have answered those questions the same way you did,” he said, flipping through pages. “I want to read to you two verses that really helped me understand what true love is. They’re in Ephesians five, verses twenty-eight and twenty-nine.”
Doug found the right page and began to read. “Husbands ought to love their wives as—”
“Whoa, hold on, Doug,” Luke interrupted. “We’re talking about the L-word here, not the M-word. I’m not a husband, and I don’t plan to be one soon. Marriage with Traci is not in my vocabulary, at least not yet. I need to figure out if I love her first.”
“Relax, my friend,” Doug said, laughing. “I’m not trying to herd you to the altar. I just want you to see God’s definition of true love. In these verses, love just happens to be applied to husbands and wives. It works in all relationships.”
Luke thought for a moment. “Well, okay,” he said at least.
Doug started over. “‘Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.”
“I thought Christians were supposed to loves others more than themselves,” Luke said.
“We are to love God more than we love ourselves,” Doug clarified. “But according to Christ’s Great Commandment in Matthew 22, we are to love our neighbor and we love ourselves. And ‘neighbor’ includes everyone: parents, brothers and sisters, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife.”
“But is it right to love ourselve?” Luke pressed. “I mean, isn’t that being kind of self-centered?”
“Paul’s not talking about people being selfish or self-centered here,” Doug explained. “But we all take care of our own basic needs, like getting enough to eat, getting enough sleep, wearing seat belts and driving carefully, and spending time in the Word to grow. Paul says we should care for the needs of others just as we do for ourselves. In fact, you can tell that love is real when the happiness, health, and spiritual growth of another person is as important to you as your own.”
Luke cocked his head. “The way you talk about it, love isn’t a feeling at all. Love is a way of treating people—caring for them as you to yourself.”
Doug nodded. “Strong feelings of attractions—like you describe between you and Traci—are often called love because that’s how it’s portrayed in movies, TV, and music. Good feelings may accompany love, but true love can happen with or without feelings, because love is the activity of caring for a person as you care for yourself.”
Doug explained to Luke that according to the Bible, Jesus never said to love others more than yourself; He said to love yourself and others equally.
In the same way that this book (as well as the Bible) teaches you to love and care for others, you should care for yourself.
Just don’t forget that most importantly, you need to love God.
[“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” -Luke 10:27]