Think of a couple people or families for whom you could lay down your single life.
No one is expecting you to care and provide for others right now — no one, that is, except for God. Regardless of your paycheck, you have been given much.
It has the potential to be a unique period of undivided devotion to Christ and undistracted ministry to others.
With the Spirit in you and the calendar clear, God has given you the means to make a lasting difference for his kingdom.
So, be mindful of the needs of others, especially those in the church, and consider contributing. Spend it wisely and liberally on the needs of others. Sure, save modestly for days when you’ll need more, but while you wait, look for ways to provide for others.
While you’re not buying groceries for five, dinner for two, and endless diapers, budget to bless and develop attitudes and habits of sacrifice for others.
We might call it resting, but too often it looks, smells, and sounds a lot like we’re wasting our singleness. If you deny the latter, you may need to put down the smartphone, controller, or treadmill.
So, Paul concludes, skip the ceremony, literally, and enjoy “your undivided devotion to the Lord.” Most say, “More power to you, Paul . Maybe it’s abundantly clear that you need a helper to carry out God’s call on your life (or it’s abundantly clear to others that you do).
Maybe you want to have kids and realized that you need help with that.
So, here are eight suggestions for making the most of your not-yet-married life.
Paul may have been right about our freedom from spousal concerns, but in an i Phone, i Pad, i Pod, whatever i Want world, single people never have trouble finding their share of diversions.
Look for ways Satan might be undermining your mission with short and simple pleasures.