A favorite movie of mine is The Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010). The storyline is similar to many fairy tales where the prince rescues the princess from evil. The prince is handsome, dashing, strong and eventually wins the heart of the princess. This type of movie is always a win with women.
I think women look for this type of character in men from early childhood, as young as ten years of age. We look for Prince Charming or Valiant to come riding up on his white horse, sweep us off our feet and carry us to his castle. As we begin to seek out relationships we compare men to the image of a storybook prince. Not a bad guideline, but is it realistic?
What should we look for in a man? What are the values and characteristics that make him a true prince? Here are some of the values women cherish in a man:
I would also add respect and cleanliness to this list. We expect total perfection and nothing less from the man of our dreams.
I think we can find some men who almost fit this image but I would dare say that any one man could fill this description totally. However, there is one man who walked the earth that did fit all of the requirements of a prince. Jesus.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows – light! …. He’ll take over the running of the world, His names will be Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. .. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. Isaiah 9: 2
And Jesus is still reigning from his throne in heaven:
God set him on high at his side, prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. Acts 5:29-32
It isn’t fair to hold any man up to this standard of perfection, but it is admirable for a man to want to live according to the standards set by Christ Jesus. Christ protects, provides, comforts, nurtures, listens, is loyal, has a great sense of humor, is truth, chivalrous, a friend, very pure (clean), and respectful. A man who follows the examples of Jesus will become a reflection of wholeness that is attractive to women. The old saying goes, “no man is perfect.”, it is true.; but, a man who looks to Jesus as his guide in life will mature spiritually to encompass the essence of what really counts in life: love.
What is love?
I Corinthians 13 states that love is long-suffering, kind, doesn’t envy, not prideful, is chivalrous, unselfish, controlled, loves truth, is strong and never fails. This is what we value, as women, in men. It is the heart of a prince.
It doesn’t matter if a man is wealthy, wise and attractive if he fails to demonstrate these traits in his life. His heart is empty. And, if his heart is empty there is coldness within his soul. Women cannot find warmth from his being to kindle the fires of her romantic heart leading to a happily ever after.
There are men who do not own mansions, who do not hold prominent roles in society and who are not built like Mr. Universe, but nevertheless, they are a prince at heart. They understand what is truly recognized as manhood and strive to live it out before others.
I don’t know who I am speaking to regarding this message, but I believe that there are still men out there whose heart’s desire is to become the image of the true Prince. Looking for Prince Charming is fruitless, he doesn’t really exist. But, there are men out there who have the heart of a prince and waiting for him is truly worth it all.