“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:24
We all want to make a lasting difference with our lives. But there are times when singles can think their life doesn’t amount to much and that if they never marry, their existence on this earth will just be a blip on the screen of history!
Producing and nurturing a loving, godly family is a great thing to show for one’s time on this earth. However, it makes me consider the single girl who works a job in the world and gets to share Christ’s love and kindness to whomever she meets. I think of the girl who spends her earnings to visit a missionary on the foreign field, just to be an encouragement and hopefully learn more about how to reach different people with the love of the Gospel.
I also think of the young single woman who spends an evening doing a Bible study with a lost coworker, or with the girl who recently attended church. What about the girl who willingly offer to do the “unseen” tasks around the church—bulletin boards, childcare, and cleaning? Fulfillment in a single lady’s life will come when she embeds herself with acts of service and love.
With all these unmarried folks being around, I think about the freedom they have to leave legacies to children, coworkers, unbelievers, and a host of others. Whether your singleness is temporary or lifelong, determine to be able to look back and say, “That’s what God used to help me make a lasting impact.”
Thinking this way will help you consider more strategically how you live, realizing that lasting meaning and impact can start now, not in some far-off someday when and if a husband and kids enter the picture. Ask God to show you the lasting work He wants to do in and through your singleness—and be excited about where He will lead.
Jackie had the privilege of being raised in a pastor’s home where she was personally mentored by her mother. She has a passion for teaching and encouraging young ladies throughout their teenage years.
She and her husband, Chris, serve the Lord together at LVBC and currently have four children, Robby, Lauren, Daniel and Matthew.