No Man Is An Island — But if I were, could I please be Hawaii? — Monday Music “No Man Is An Island” by Tenth Avenue North

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No man is an island. But Hawaii is, and I wish I were back there right now.

Larry and I just celebrated our upcoming 30th wedding anniversary with a two week trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

I just got home Monday, which is why Monday Music is showing up on my blog on Tuesday. You forgive me, right?

It only seemed right to feature Tenth Avenue North’s song, “No Man Is An Island” after spending time on the gorgeous Hawaiian islands.

I’m still reminding myself not to cry because it’s over but to smile because it happened.

The flowers. The water. The volcanoes. The trees. The birds. The beauty!

The Greatest Beauty of all is the beauty of Friendships. via www.JeanWilund.com

Of all the exquisite grandeur that surrounded us, though, nothing was more beautiful than the people we met.

Truly.

When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden.

Is it even slightly possible that the Garden might actually have been in what is now modern day Hawaii? Land masses have moved around since then, right? 

Adam and Eve lived in virtual paradise, but I don’t believe it was the trees and flowers or the animals that made it so perfect. I believe it was the relationship they enjoyed with God and each other.

God is all any of us truly need, however, He created us to be together.

I think we’re at our best when we’re with others.

When we isolate ourselves, we become self-centered.

True, we need time alone each day to be able to hear from God, but we should come out of that time eager to share God’s love, joy, peace, patience, and all His other magnificent traits with others.

Just as being surrounded by the beauty of the Hawaiian islands continually filled my heart with beauty, being with other people filled it with love.

Hawaii was staggering. The people, even more so.

Alfred Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor Hawaii

I’ll remember forever visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial, but I’ll remember Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues the most.

I loved Paddle Boarding at Pokai Bay, but the best part was meeting Uncle George of The Bay of Dreams and our daughter Brittany’s friends there.

Uncle George & Bay of Dreams Hawaii

We all need friends to laugh with.

I already miss the banyan trees, the brilliant flowers and the crystal blue surf, but I miss our new friends more.

If any of us are living life lonely, we may have turned ourselves into an island — an uninhabited island.

We were not created to live life alone.

We don’t just need others so that we’ll have someone to lean on when the way gets long and weary. We also need others who’ll stand and gasp with us over the beauty of God’s creation and laugh at our silly jokes.

We were created for relationships — to love and be loved by God and each other.

Tenth Avenue North gets that, and they challenge us not to live as though we were an island in their song “No Man Is An Island.”

Below, Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey encourages us with a short message which reflects their thoughts as they wrote this song.

In this video journal clip Mike describes so beautifully one of my favorite aspects of God’s love:

God chose to create us, not out of loneliness since He’s never been lonely, but out of an overflow of His abounding love. Wow!

No man is an island, but if I were, I hope I love others so beautifully, I’d be considered Hawaii.


If this Monday Music song has encouraged you, I hope you’ll share it with others today — even if it’s not Monday.

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  1. Loree Connors says:

    Jean and Larry,
    Several people have asked me what was the highlight of our trip to Hawaii. My answer is of all the beautiful places and the paradise that we saw, the highlight of the trip was meeting two new friends, Jean and Larry who are fellow Christians of which we now share a strong bond. We miss you!
    Kevin and Loree

    • Larry and I feel the exact same way. We had the best time with y’all. What a gift of God to give us lifetime friends in such a short time. It was a blast. We can’t wait for our next trip together. We miss you, too!

  2. God’s beauty is all around us. Thanks for the reminder to stop and enjoy it. I agree that sharing with others the beauty (and hard stuff) in life makes it so much sweeter. I was also awed by God’s handiwork when we visited Hawaii. Your post makes me want to go back. So glad you were able to take the trip.

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