Singleness Doesn't Equal Rejection
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." Psalm 139:13-17 NLT
Thoughts for Today
According to the 2000 census, more than 93 million people in the United States are single. About 20 million are divorced, another 13.5 million widowed, and 60 million have never been married.
Many singles feel that singleness equals rejection. Even if they don't feel that way themselves, often society looks upon them as rejects.
If you are single, you can choose to make excuses or blame someone else. These choices view singleness as a problem and attempt to blame something or someone for it. A more positive and productive approach is to accept your singleness and make choices that will point you toward your life goals. With this attitude, you will be able to move forward with your life.
Being single is not God's second best. Some people find great fulfillment in being married, but there are others who can find the same fulfillment and sense of purpose in the single life.
You are special to God. You are his workmanship, and his workmanship is marvelous! God has a plan for your life, and it is best to focus on seeking his will and becoming all that he has designed you to be.
Father, thank you for making me just the way I am. Help me always remember that success in my life's journey does not depend on whether I am married or single. My success in life can be measured only by how well I fit into your plans for me. Help me to focus on you and accomplish your purpose for my journey. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.
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