In our childhood, we were told fascinating stories that began with the formula “Once upon a time …” and ended with the phrase “…lived happily ever after.” Eventually, we discovered life was different from those stories and concluded there must not be a “happily ever after” possible. This is a wrong conclusion!
Living “happily ever after” does not depend on whom you marry, where you live, or what your circumstances may be. Paul wrote a letter to the Philippian church outlining how to live a life of happiness because of the transforming power of God’s Good News. Paul addresses this ‘secret to happiness’ to a select group of people – not everyone who wants to live happily ever after will do so. As Paul describes these people, ask yourself if his descriptions fit you.