I hate this idea that is going around in our society and in Christian culture that everyone has to get married.
Our purpose in life is not to be married.
We were made to glorify God - to know Him and make Him known.
And guess what society? You can do that with out a husband.
My goal in life, the reason I exist, is to magnify Jesus in the world around me. I don't exist to serve my husband. I don't exist to have kids. I don't exist to buy a house. I exist for the glory of God.
And you know what? It hurts my feelings when you tell me otherwise.
I was recently at a bridal shower for a dear friend. Bridal showers are hard for me as a single woman. Sometimes because it makes me realize I don't have husband, but usually it's hard for me because everyone else realizes I don't have a husband and wants to fix that.
But I'm not broken.
Singleness is not something you fix. It's something you embrace.
I have the privilege of serving God unhindered. I don't have to check with anyone if I want to go on a mission trip, or stay out late with students, or give money. I don't have to give my body to another person, but can use it fully as my spiritual act of worship to God (Rom 12:1)
I'm not wrong. Singleness is not wrong.
In fact, Paul says he wishes that all could remain single just as he did. (1 Cor 7)
Singleness is a blessing, not a curse.
So married friends, don't pray I would get married. Pray that I would know the grace of God more fully.
Don't encourage me that "your day is coming soon". Encourage me in my service to God.
When I mention something about marriage, don't console me. Point me to the gospel - that's the purpose of marriage right?
Don't see me just for my lack of spouse. But see me as your sister in Christ.
Help me see Jesus in your marriage. Help me see Jesus in my singleness. Help me see Jesus period.
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