North Shore Beach in Hawaii

A near-perfect beach day at Haleiwa Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii

It looks like a near-perfect beach day at Haleʻiwa Beach Park on the North Shore of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, as seen during our 2023 Hawaiʻi trip.

When you hear of North Shore beaches on Oʻahu, people are probably talking about beaches just a bit east of Haleʻiwa Beach Park. But this park was a nice place for us to visit, and we saw lots of sea turtles out in the water while we were there, too. You can read all about it in Part 7 of the Hawaiʻi trip report.

As you may know by now, every now and then I look for another Hawaiʻi beach photo to share here, and this one was a good one. I had used a similar photo in the trip report, but this one is slightly different, and with a much different look to it, too.

You can’t go wrong with a good beach photo, in my opinion!

Hawaii Trip 2023

Too Much?

Can you love something too much? That depends. Does that something take away from your relationship with God? If so, then yes. If I spend all of my time at the beach (or even just posting beach photos) so that it takes me away from loving others and being of service to God, then yes, I can love something too much. That goes for work, hobbies, sports, video games, and whatever else you can think of. Things that are not as important as we sometimes make them out to be can take over our lives.

Can you love someone too much? Yes, if you are putting that person before God. See the above paragraph. If they are keeping you from having the right relationship with God, then yes. But if you are not putting them before God, then what? Can you try too hard to love someone? That is a bit more tricky. If the person does not want your love for whatever reason, then yes.

But if you are in a healthy relationship with good boundaries (such as not overspending, for example), you should be able to do all sorts of things to let the other person know that you love them. That is most important in a marriage relationship, where you put your spouse above yourself at every opportunity that you have. But that goes for other people as well. Do all that you can to let others know that you love them, even if that means a sacrifice on your part. Would you rather stay at home than go help a friend move? Put their needs over your desire to have that time to yourself. Once again, there sometimes have to be some boundaries there, but many times it is worth the sacrifice of your time to help someone else out. They will appreciate it, and you will have done your part.

Love one another by putting others above yourself. That is an investment of time, but an investment worth making.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:3-4

Love One Another

About the Photo

I had originally planned to post this photo earlier with a photo of Laura at the beach as a secondary photo in the post. But then when I was looking for a photo of Laura to post for her birthday, the beach photo turned out to be perfect for that. But I still thought it would be good to post this one all by itself.

As I mentioned above, this one has a much different look than the similar photo in the trip report. That partly comes from having to work on lots of photos quickly for the trip report versus taking more time with one photo like this.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 19, 2023
Location: North Shore, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.