So one of the frequent questions given to singles is “Why are you single?” It might be followed by a, “You are so beautiful/handsome. You are such a great person,” or a “Let me set you up with my (coworker, friend, this person I know, or a complete stranger).”
Sometimes the person is unbelieveably rude and says something like, “I am so glad I found someone,” or “You better get moving the clock is ticking.”
I had a lady tell me once she could never be me because I did not have anyone. Well, she was soon single. Her husband was caught cheating. As a matter of fact every woman who has looked down on me for being single ended up divorced/betrayed. No, I did not wish bad things on them.
Their comments do not bother me. Why? I truly like who I am. With or without a mate, I like myself. A partner is not a means to validate my self worth.
Some pity you. Some judge you. Some try to set you up on awful blind dates. Some assume all you do is think about marriage. There are healthy ways to deal.
How do you deal?
Well, offense is an option or a snarky comment. Don’t let the spirit of slap get you. 😉
The high road is understanding being single is not a curse nor will marriage fix everything. Marriage adds responsibilities, involves compromise, and is best suited for two people ready to attempt to love unselfishly.
Paul stated very clearly that the married person focuses on their spouse while the single person has undivided focus on God.
I really want to get married, what do I do?
I enjoy being single, except at weddings and around certain people. Then I wish I had a fake spouse to bypass the akwardness. 🙂 Yet I know it is a great desire in the hearts of many. So here are some tidbits.
1. Get comfy with who you are.
Confidence attracts great things.
Being single can cause some insecurity for some-the world is wondering why no one has chosen you. You may wonder this too. Yet know there are plenty of people married to the wrong person or in hellish marriages because they were impatient. They post like it’s bliss on Social Media, yet know of several faking the funk per say.
The right thing for a person at the wrong time is still the wrong thing.
2. Know God cares about the desires of your heart and His abilities trump a biological clock.
I know people who married later in life and have amazing marriages. They had kids over 40, had the income to support those kids, and were mature enough to handle the marriage. When God gives gifts, they are custom. Custom gifts are not always quick or immediate. One can go create an Ishmael situation or wait on God/seek God for Issac.
But my biological clock is like a time bomb!
Abraham and Sarah are prime examples of God’s ability to defy biology. God created the body. God can do what people say cannot be done. I know most do not want their story to be that of Abraham and Issac. I simply wanted to encourage you that God is not limited.
The desires of a person’s heart placed in the hands of God is the safest place they can be.
3. Ask why you want to be married?
Selfishness is the thief of love, God love. If marriage is a means to fit in, fill a void, forgo lonliness, or deal with lust-those are the wrong motives.
Marriage amplifies who a person is. Any issues hidden come bubbling up. What if that spouse get’s disfigured, can not meet physical needs, gets an illness…what then? What if for better or worse becomes the worse? If the objective is not to unselfishly love and honor someone for life, well relational breakdown occurs.
There are people who say pray for your future spouse. I am not opposed to this. I truly think some of the greatest prayers are below…
Lord help me to find contentment in you alone.
Lord purify my heart and help me to walk in purity.
Lord show me how to love like you.
Lord prepare me for what you have for me.
Lord help me to guard my heart.
Lord help me to steward others hearts well.
Lord give me wisdom and increased discernment.
Lord fill all the voids with you.
Lord heal my soul.
Lord protect me from the wrong choices.
Lord hold my heart and do not let me give it to the wrong person.
Lord prepare the person you have for me. Cause our paths to cross at the perfect time.
Lord help me to find my identity in you.
Lord strengthen me where I am weak.
People are getting married later in life. I hear from ladies that Christian men do not pursue them. I hear from Christian guys they are clueless how to date or have been repeadily rejected. So this leaves an interesting dynamic for those desiring children. Some opt for online dating. I have seen this work out great for many and not so great for a few. Some pray and hope God sends someone. Some give up all together.
I will say that God is good and withholds nothing good. God’s timing is not always ours. Yet I have seen over and over the faithfulness of God. May knowing God be the aim. Those who seek first the Kingdom will gain so much more. The greatest gift is God!
Praying for you! God wants His very best for you, for all of us.