Prince Charming: Fantasy or Reality
I recently saw an article titled “Dreaming of Prince Charming? Your Ideal Man Does Not Exist.” At first, that sounded true, but the more I thought about it, I realized it’s not. Your ideal man DOES exist! Prince Charming is real.
Most of us love the romanticism of fairy tales. The princess is caught up in peril beyond her control, and suddenly a strong, good-looking prince swoops in to save her. He falls madly in love with her, and they live happily ever after.
Well, if you are a child of God, you are royalty; so, I guess that makes you a princess. I don’t know about the peril beyond your control, but I personally feel that the pitfalls of life are perilous enough to count. That only leaves us with a need for a strong, good-looking prince willing to save you.
There are three elements to this description that we need to explore. First, let’s take the easy one.
He must be a prince.
That means your Prince Charming must know the Lord as his Savior. You cannot do this halfway. It’s not enough that he believes in God, or that he is a good man. He must know JESUS as his Savior and have the testimony and spiritual fruit to back it up.
If he passes that test, he should be evaluated for strength.
A Strong Prince
According to the dictionary, strength is defined as:
- The emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult
- Synonyms: fortitude, resilience, spirit, backbone, strength of character
- The capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure.
- Synonyms: robustness sturdiness, firmness toughness, soundness, solidity, durability
- Physical power or energy.
- Synonym: sturdiness, toughness, hardiness
These characteristics are developed when he regularly exercises his faith in God. If your man has a deep trust in Christ, he will be emotionally and mentally able to handle difficult trials. He will have the strength of character that will garner respect in the workplace. He will be sturdy enough to shield you and your children from evil. Your Prince MUST be strong.
Take a good look at the men around you. Objectively, consider at least ten of them. Every one of them is different. Some are tall. Some short. There are blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes. Think of the most beloved man in your life. What does he look like? Do you care?
The truth is that when we get to know someone, and admire their inner qualities, we cease to consider their outer appearance.
We all love the story of Beauty and the Beast. At the end, love transforms the Beast into a Prince. I promise that when you meet the right man, your love will transform him and you won’t even care what he looks like.
Where does that leave us?
We have determined that your Prince must be a child of the King, a Christian. He must have strength that has developed from exercising his faith, and your love will make him handsome.
That leaves us with the “swooping in” and the “happily ever after.”
The Princess Waits
Consider all the fairy tales you’ve read. Rapunzel sits in a tower, waiting to be rescued. Aurora sleeps until she is awakened by her Prince. Belle is given to her Beast, and affection grows over time.
God knows exactly where your Prince is at this very moment. He also knows just the right time to send him swooping in to save you. Trust your Father, your King, to find the perfect prince for His princess. Do not settle for a peasant. Hold out for Prince Charming.
Unfortunately, “Happily Ever After”, only comes after Defeating the Evil Witch; but, you will have to read our next article to find out how that deadly foe is conquered.
A Note: There are times when a princess must go it alone. Every person in this world has a task they were meant to accomplish. It is possible that your purpose is better served as a single lady. This may difficult at times, but trust that the Lord knows His plans for you.
Wisdom for Your Marriage by The Submissive Spirit
About the Author
Kim and her husband, Craig, live in Overland Park KS where she successfully manages a marketing company and homeschools her two children still at home. Twenty-two years of juggling business and homeschooling has taught her a thing or two about time management. In addition to work and family, Kim helps her husband with the College and Career class at the church and also directs the Children's Music Ministry and drama team. The Submissive Spirit was born from her desire to reach out to other Christian women across the globe and share encouragement and the love of Christ.