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"Nothing gave Buttercup as much pleasure as ordering Westley around... 'As you wish' was all he ever said to her... That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, 'As you wish,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" - The Princess Bride

Though I have seen (and quoted) this movie an innumerable amount of times, this quote struck me in a new way one day while I was driving my car. It was almost Easter, and it randomly popped into my head how similar in meaning this quote - as you wish - is to another that is often heard around Eastertide - not My will, but Yours be done.

Both quotes communicate a preference of others over self. Both are about the laying down of one's own desires, own life, for the sake of another's. Both speak of sacrificial love, a kind that requires, and demands, nothing in return. Neither quoter insists on their own way, neither is self-seeking.

Both really are other ways of saying, "I love you."

Both speak of acts of service, worship, submission and surrender.

As YOU wish, not as I wish.

Your way, not mine.

I hang it as a reminder and a prayer. It is the position I pray that I pray from. It is the position I pray that I live from. For my Lord and Saviour, for my neighbours, for my family, for my friends, and for the world.


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