Once upon a time…there was a little girl, and this little girl LOVED fairy tales. Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, Rapunzel, Snow White, the Little Mermaid…she’s heard them, read them and seen the movies.
She loved them so much that she has even tried to live them.
Of all the fairy tales, she loved Beauty & the Beast the most. She really loved the Disney version, and she could relate to Belle in many different ways. She loved reading and longed for adventure. They were both dreamers, and even her relationships with men as she grew up have looked a lot like Belle’s relationship with the Beast.
Belle was able to look past the Beast’s outward appearance and saw the man that lies within, and her love transformed him. As a grown woman the little girl would date men who had lots of baggage, but she believed her love would change them.
Unlike Belle’s happy ending, none of the little girl’s relationships ended in a happily ever after. Each of one of her relationships failed because it is not her love that has the power to transform them.
But while she hasn’t found her happily ever after in a relationship, she has found her happily ever after, and she found it in the place she should have looked first for it. She found it in Jesus.
In case, you haven’t figured it out. The little girl was me.
As a young child, I learned to read early and l love reading. Fairy tales were my favorite. I would daydream about my Prince Charming coming to rescue me from my dull and dreary life.
As I have grown up though I have learned that my Prince Charming can’t be found in any merely mortal male. (Sorry, boys!)
I have learned instead that my Prince Charming, my Mr. Perfect, can only be found in Jesus.
I’m not saying that being married can’t be wonderful and that a good man isn’t nice to have around.
What I am saying is that happiness and joy can’t be dependent upon them. We can’t build our lives around them.
We have to build our lives around Christ.
If you want to find your happily ever after, you have to look for it in Christ first.
You won’t find it anywhere else.
Now it’s your turn!
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