Tis the season for gratitude and I am grateful. There are so many things that I could list of things I am thankful for—friends, family, a warm home, a loving husband, how God is working in my life and how he is whittling away at my sin. But I want to take time to say that I am very thankful for singles. Single people are an essential part of the family of God.
As a former older single, I know that sometimes the holidays can be tough. So I wanted to encourage you that you are making an impact for the Kingdom, you are important, and you have not been forgotten. For some of you who read this, I have seen firsthand the way God is using you. And for others, who I don’t know personally, I trust that God is also working in your obedient and trusting hearts. I am thankful for the way I see God working in the lives of singles in these ways:
1. To seek first His kingdom and His purpose for their lives. They try to live an undistracted life to the glory of God as much as they can. I see it and I am grateful.
2. To bring their sorrows and burdens to Him and find comfort in His sovereign plan. It’s a beautiful and inspiring example of the struggle that real trust and faith looks like.
3. To selflessly serve others with their time and energy. Whether it’s serving at the soup kitchen, in the nursery, or teaching a Sunday School class, they give of themselves freely.
4. To be brothers and sisters in community with one another. I know some singles who are wonderful at being the body of Christ to each other. They will drop whatever they are doing for the sake of someone who needs them. Families and married people can sometimes be blind to people outside their immediate family. There is a real temptation to lose sight of church community (at least I’ve felt that way). Singles show us the importance of community as brothers and sisters in Christ.
5. To fight for joy in circumstances that may not be what they want. They teach the rest of us that joy is found in Christ alone, not in things or even other people. They show us that if Christ is all you have, you have more than enough. The rest is just icing.