by Darla Noble
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2
In the movie, “Everafter,” Danielle (Cinderella) and the Prince are (sort of) kidnapped by a band of gypsies. After winning the gypsy king’s heart of friendship and admiration, he tells Danielle she can leave; taking whatever she can carry. There is evidence all around her of the raids they have made; jewelry, money, and other valuables. But Danielle looks right past them. Instead, she walks over to the prince, unties him, struggles to pick him up and put him over her shoulder. She succeeds, however, and begins to walk away; barely able to stand up underneath the weight of the prince. The gypsy king admires her quick thinking and laughingly calls her back to give her a horse for their journey.
Danielle (Cinderella) lived in a house with people who treated her badly. She wore worn-out hand-me-downs, ate leftovers, and was deprived of any semblance of love. Yet despite all of that she knew that real wealth is ours when we have people we can count on as friends and who love us. To her, the prince and the relationship they were forging was far more valuable than any of the gypsy’s treasures.
Today’s verse compares outward prosperity to spiritual prosperity. It says that we should measure the value of our material prosperity against the value of our spiritual prosperity. Do you?
God, help me to realize that prosperity isn’t measured in dollars and cents, but in blessings and the certainty I feel about my future with You. I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.