Anna Schaeffer on Why Singleness Matters to God

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) — If my life played out according to the plan designed by my childhood dreams, I would be married by now with a couple of kids, a car big enough to transport everyone to the beach, and a mortgage on a cute little home.

Instead, I’m single. I have several plants, drive a little Hyundai and share an apartment with two friends.

I love the life God has given me, even though my circumstances are pretty much the opposite of what I thought they’d be.

But because our God is faithful and kind, He doesn’t lead us through seasons without teaching us lessons of eternal significance along the way. I don’t know all of the reasons behind His design, but I do know that He is using my singleness to direct my affections toward Him.

Here are five things He is teaching me through singleness:

Holy longing

My desire for companionship pushes me further into the arms of Jesus, the only One who brings lasting joy and contentment. I long to know His love more. Nothing will ever separate me from the love I have in Christ Jesus.

Relational intentionality

I don’t have a built-in teammate in a spouse, so I must be intentional in pursuing relationships and accountability with other believers. I have rich and deep friendships because I want to engage the relationships I do have and serve the people around me. I want to learn to love well.

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Source: Baptist Press