This is from a blurb about a workshop on singlehood:
As you participate in this workshop, you will experience:
•Fresh and bold teaching to confront deep-rooted issues that prevent you from relationship
So single people have deep rooted issues that keep them from relationships. More so than those who marry? Hmmm, what does the 60+% divorce rate say about that? Singles don’t have close relationships? Marriage is the only form of such closeness??
I think we might need to work on our concept of intimacy; perhaps broaden it a little.
•Learning to love yourself so that you will allow others to love you
Singles don’t love themselves, eh? They’re going to have a miserable time living alone if that’s the case!
Marrieds do? How many people are wed because they can’t stand to be alone, even if that means enduring an unhappy relationship?
•Opportunities to practice sharing and being vulnerable within the safety of a small group
Hopefully, singles are already in a family or community that loves them and create safety for sharing, regardless of relationship status.
Okay, we do need to work on that one, but that’s a different article.
•Hope for an amazing marriage and preparation for that significant person the Lord has for you
Not everyone marries. That in no way means that God plays favorites. Singlehood and marriage are both real and valid walks of life.
To singles: Start by building a solid, loving friendship with yourself. You are an equal and a whole person, relationship status notwithstanding. After that, decide what fits you. If you want a marriage, go for it; if however, you find that you are happy single, relax and enjoy life.
To marrieds: First, develop that same solid, loving relationship with yourself. You can’t give what you don’t have. Then, build a happy home with your spouse. Know that marriage is a choice and on equal footing with singlehood.
To all: Please stop comparing yourselves and others. Marrieds, please refrain from characterizing singles and the quality of their lives. Singles, show the same respect to those who marry.
The bottom line, after all, is equality, love and honor.