Friday, June 6, 2014

Shoutout to Singles

With the hype of wedding season in full swing and having a twenty two year old sister, this time of year has brought many new engagements and marriages in our circle of friends. But it has also brought out the “always a bridesmaid” attitude in many of the bystanders left to awkwardly wait for the bouquet throw to publicly announce that they are indeed single. And it’s not just relationships. I have seen many young ladies struggling with restlessness and discontentment in their lives. I strongly believe that it is in this season of life in which many young people begin to lower their standards. They give up on the idea of that perfect someone.They give up on the calling they felt in their lives as they started college because it’s been a long process and they just can’t feel that excitement anymore. If all of their friends have it, they must be doing something wrong- setting unrealistic expectations- not being attractive enough-whatever it may be that they convince themselves of. SO to all of you singles out there, just remember that your standards are never too high. No one is perfect, but if our relationship is supposed to be a mirror of Christ with his church then our partner should be striving to be Christ-like. I don’t think that a truly Godly man is a common thing, so if it’s taking awhile to find, you are probably doing something right. 

Isaiah 30:18
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Over and over in the Bible, God calls those He loves to wait. But the time of waiting brought immeasurable blessings and without it, their lives would not have reflected the glory of God in the same way.

Psalm 40:1
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”

Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Hannah…you are not alone! In your time of waiting remember that God is wise, sovereign, and compassionate. 

Lamentations 3:25
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”

Through her waiting, Sarah’s pregnancy was a testimony of Christ in her life. She waited 90 years…Because she was not content in the waiting, she caused her husband to be unfaithful and caused all kinds of trouble for others involved. 

Psalm 73:26
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

So in a time of “what in the world am I doing with my life?” may God be your strength when you are weak, may you find comfort in the Word when there are no hugs to be found, may you be fully satisfied in the love of Christ when the world is throwing you unrest, and may your life always be grounded in Him when you can’t seem to find where to plant your feet. 
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that for outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

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