Once upon a time there was a girl who thought she wanted to marry a prince, have four children, and live happily ever after.
Sounds like the opening line of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? Well it is. This thought was one I clung to for many years of my life leading up to the time I believed in Jesus Christ. But you know, the more I think about it how wrong I was, the more it seems there was some truth to it after all.
While I originally thought my prince would be my husband, I have learned the real prince is Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is a good man. He’s kind, considerate, loving, and generous. However, Jesus Christ meets the need of my heart, no human can.
I thought I would have four children. However, I ended up with 2 biological children. My husband and I sponsor another child, and we host foreign exchange students during the summer time. In a sense I have more than four children!
Sometimes life on earth is good and sometimes it’s not. To live happily ever after requires the right mindset. This is something I have learned from knowing Jesus Christ. Learning to be content in whatever situation I am is a skill that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. But it is an essential skill if you are to achieve the happily ever after.
For me, my happily ever after will come on the day I see my Savior face to face in heaven. Paul teaches us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and on the unseen things which are eternal. The eternal things are forever and ever.
So you see the fairy tale has some roots in truth if you are bold enough to see it. I reached my once upon a time, have you?