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December 29, 2022

When I was growing up, my bedtime ritual always included a fairy tale that started with “Once upon a time...” and ended with the comforting words we all remember: “And they lived happily ever after.” As a child of the optimistic 1950s, I dreamed that life might be like that: whatever obstacles, dangers or perils might come my way, in the end, I would live happily ever after.

There were certainly plenty of struggles along the way, but I have to say that things did eventually work out even more happily than I could have imagined, from a career that I love to a wonderful family, including the world’s greatest grandkids. But sadly, for many people, “living happily ever after” does seem like an unobtainable fairy tale. Why is that happy ending growing ever more out-of-reach for so many people?

Of course, there are always factors beyond our control, like health problems and accidents. None of us can ever know if our birthday or Christmas celebration was the last we’ll ever enjoy. We have no way of knowing when it will all end, only that someday, it will (that’s why it’s said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes.)

Well, I can’t help you with your taxes, but I do have a bit of advice that I think will make death less frightening and greatly increase your chances of living “happily ever after.”

For decades, our nation has been focused on personal pleasure. The message drummed into everyone by pop culture is, “If it feels good, do it.” It’s fostered a culture of self-centeredness that led to Baby Boomers being nicknamed “The Me Generation.” Today’s young people have been dubbed “iGen” because many are so fixated on self and selfies that even their gadgets’ names all start with “I.” Advertising bombards us with the message that life is all about me and all about now. Such messages of immediate self-gratification may sell products and services, but they cause us to sell our souls if we follow this philosophy to its logical conclusion.

At some point in life, we all experience events that shake up our routine, much like the agitator in a washing machine shakes loose the grime in our clothes. We may not want or enjoy such experiences, but they’re necessary to force us to focus on the frailty of life and the certainty of death. They also force us to begin asking what really matters and why.

If we react to setbacks based solely on what feels good right now, we greatly lower our chances of enjoying a happy future. But if we believe there is even a remote possibility that our actions have lasting implications beyond the immediate, both within and beyond our lifetimes, it should cause us to think differently, live differently, and leave a different kind of legacy.

Without apology, I believe that the spiritual side of our lives really does matter. To believe otherwise is to define humans as little more than animated protoplasm, going through the motions of life for no particular purpose. I prefer to believe there’s more to us than flesh and blood. If we possess a soul capable of living beyond our lifetimes, then the seeds we plant in this life will yield fruit forever. If you believe those things, the ultimate becomes more important than the immediate.

When we decide to live beyond our lifetimes, our responsibilities to the next generation will outweigh our roles in our current jobs. More important than the money we’re paid for our work is what we will become as a result of our work. Our character will become more important than the careers we follow.

For all of us, life began “once upon a time.” Unlike the fairy tales, however, it’s up to us to make the choices that determine whether the last line of our life stories will read, “And they lived happily ever after.”

(Adapted from the book, “Rare, Medium or Done Well: Make the Most of your Life.”)

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  • Elizabeth Houghton

    12/29/2022 05:22 PM

    Beautifully written truth!! Thank you, sir! And happy new year.

  • Elaine Rinehart

    12/29/2022 03:22 PM

    First, let me wish you and yours a very Blessed New Year.
    I really loved reading your article as it is so true, and I thank you for writing it. I wish more men would express their feelings more. I wonder if most men just suppress their spiritual feelings or what. (My observation from facebook)

    Thank you,

  • Edwards Paula

    12/29/2022 03:08 PM

    Excellent perspective on important matters.

  • Jones Mary

    12/29/2022 11:53 AM

    Always loved the wisdom of Huckabee ..


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  • Deborah Graham

    07/13/2022 01:31 PM

    Mike this is so very true and a blessing to my soul??
    I will pass this on

    Kind Regards

  • Ed Thompson

    07/12/2022 09:12 AM

    Americans have quit God. Attendance at churches is so low, closures are becoming more common than flies at a picnic. Parents should be a child's example of how to live life and when they decide to ignore God or just plain old morality or common sense it’s their own children who will act as they do. Christian values have been replaced with “do what you want”, and don’t care about what happens to anyone else. Jesus has answers for everything if you bother to hear His words but you can’t hear anything from Him if you turn your back on the Church. America has been working on kicking God out of our country. Time to ask forgiveness and invite Him back. And pray for those people who have been doing the kicking!


    07/11/2022 11:20 PM

    I sent in comment response to 'Spirtual side important...." Why wasn't it posted??


    07/11/2022 11:20 PM

    I sent in comment response to 'Spirtual side important...." Why wasn't it posted??


    07/11/2022 11:17 PM

    Just checking if my comments were posted.