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by Amelia Glenchur
“Maybe your standards are too high.”
“Aren’t you depressed? You’re still single.”
“Is there any guy you know that could potentially be ‘The One’?”
These questions keep ringing in my ears from recent conversations about my status of being single. I remember being surprised at these remarks stating I was “alone.” In my head I was thinking, God, why am I single? Silence. At that point my prayer changed to Lord, help me survive this.
Never under-estimate the power of a journal. A journal can help you organize your weeks, it can enrich your life, or it can help you discover yourself. Everyone should have a journal this year, and here are some ideas of what kind of journals you can keep.
Date Night Journal
Write down any fun date ideas you run into. Write down date ideas for staying in, going out, and going all out. Write down theaters, parks, attractions, and events in your area. Write down day trip ideas, weekend adventures, and getaways you’d like to plan for.
You can also use your date night journal as a record, keeping track of all the dates you’ve been on. Include the date, what you did, and rate how much you enjoyed the venue. Looking at your record, you may realize that you’ve planned too many nights in and it’s time for a night out. Or you may realize based on your sweetheart’s ratings that they really enjoyed going to scenic areas, so you can plan a special date around their preference.
I get a little jealous when I see married couples in ministry together. It’s inspiring to see a man and woman working as a single unit, serving others and expanding the Kingdom of God. It almost feels like it was meant to be that way; like serving wasn’t meant to be done alone.
But every individual is called to serve, despite marital status. Singles have just as much weight in the growth of a church, and shouldn’t disqualify themselves because they feel out of place. Don’t let the married folks intimidate you – you’re just as important to the body of Christ as they are.