I recently completed two Bible studies on being a single Christian, and what it looks like to live that out. One of the main themes of these studies is the fact that a person’s identity doesn’t lie in their martial status, and in the Lord’s eyes, we aren’t separated based on who’s a parent, and who isn’t. Our identity is solely found in Christ, and our value isn’t diminished if we never end up married, or with children.
Which brings me to challenge a social norm in our society, based on these truths. The most celebrated occasions in our lives are usually marriages and births. We celebrate these as defining moments in a person’s life, as they should be. But how can we celebrate those amazing men and women in our lives who never get married? Or those who don’t end up having children, or physically can’t have children? As the Bible says, a person’s life isn’t less-than, just because they stay single, or don’t have kids. So what moments in those people’s lives can we celebrate instead? Perhaps a promotion at work, or a new job? Perhaps throwing a party to celebrate the purchase of their first home? Or simply, throw a fabulous party to celebrate their birthday?
Maybe it’s just the single woman in me talking, but I think we should make more of a priority to celebrate those in our lives who have done something else significant besides gotten married or had a baby. Any ideas on this?? Opinions? Sound off below!
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