Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happily Ever After?!

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes. (Ps. 119:71) 

"Happily ever after" belongs at the end of a fairy tale, not in a description of the Christian life. Life in Christ is real. It isn't plastic, it isn't stained-glass, it isn't saccharine, it isn't fantasyland. In all my years of walking with the Lord, I have yet to meet one Christian who has "lived happily ever after." On the other hand, I have met a great many significant saints who endured affliction, loss, disappointment, setbacks, failures, and incredible pain through the years. And I have seen many of those same men, women, and . . . adolescents cling to their joy, radiate hope, and sustain a winsome spirit . . . even through heartache . . . even through tears . . . even at death's door. . . . 

If you're waiting for a seamless, blemish-free week friend, you're going to wait in vain. There is no such thing. And until we learn how to derive lessons from seasons of failure and loss, we'll keep repeating those failures---digging ourselves into an even deeper hole---rather than moving on as we grow up. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Let me start by saying that there is a happily ever after. Experiencing a happily ever after during our time here on earth may be tedious at best given our human frailty. Yes, the vast majority of us living in this fallen world will have moments when we can experience happiness and joy in our lives. 

This world is composed of imperfect people that are attempting to live out their lives the best way they know how. It is with that reality in mind where the title of this post begins to make alot of sense. It makes alot of sense from the perspective of not being pessimistic, but of the awareness that we have people from different walks of life that are coming into our lives wit hall kinds of baggage. 

We live in a world that is based on having relationships. Relationships of all kinds are established. We have business relationships. We have marital relationships. We have relationships with relatives, friends, and siblings-in-Christ. Relationships at its core is imperfect. The only perfect relationship we can have is with God Himself. Let's admit it. We also have trouble maintaining our relationship with Him too. The point I am making here is that we are imperfect people. Being imperfect people, the question of "Happily ever after?" further validates the reality of the perspective that we suffer and struggle in relationships because of the distinct possibility that we have further distanced ourselves from God or disconnected ourselves from Him entirely. 

My dear friends, instead of questioning "happily ever after". As long as we are in Christ, that question mark has to be replaced with a period, better yet, an exclamation point. Why? Because in Christ there is a "happily ever after". There are no questions. There are no doubts. There are no uncertainties. In Christ, there is a "happily ever after" and it will take place soon upon His Second Coming. What a glorious day that will be my dear friends! A "happily ever after" is on its way for you and for me! Are you excited? I am! As a matter of fact, moments of happiness are available to you right now. All you need to do is to cleave on to Jesus and never let Him go. God bless you my friend and be encouraged in Jesus' mighty name! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in His precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).