There are two types of people in this world – single people and not-single people.
Too simple? Ridiculous, I know.
The other day my friend and roommate sent a couple articles about singleness in the church:
- 6 Ways to Love Single Women in Your Church
- Singled Out: How Churches Can Embrace Unmarried Adults
- 26, Unmarried, and Childless
- Myths About Singles (Part I)
- Myths About Singles (Part II)
- Myths About Singles (Part III)
Then there are these others articles which speak to the truth about singleness and using this “status” as a way to glorify God:
- Single, Satisfied and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet-Married
- The Girl Who Wants a Boy For Christmas
- 6 Options for Godly Single Women Wanting to Marry
- Dear Single Girl
- The Purpose of Singleness
- Relationship Status: [STILL] Single.
There are so, so many more. What I’ve found since my college years, is that no matter my relationship status, I have always been single, as in unmarried. And while we unmarried folk need you married folk just like we need older and younger folk, we need each other, too. I think there is great growth that can come from those unlike us but also from those in similar seasons as our own.
I think my church overlooks the young single in our church and I think that is unfortunate. I went to an event recently where the speaker talked about the great opportunity single people have, and I agree. There are so many less obligations – your schedule is your own and you can form it to be whatever you’d like. That might not always be the case.
This season of being unmarried is nothing new – maybe it’s a season, maybe it’s my life forever, I have no idea. But I do believe those unmarried need to rethink how they view singles and treat them, especially in the church. I also think those of us who are unmarried need to embrace this time and relish it in.