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by Cary Branscum
I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Genesis 13:16
This promise was made to Abram, but it seems all the people of the world have made this promise their own. There are now over 6 billion human beings on this little old blue marble we call Earth. It truly seems that the human inhabitants of earth are as numerous as grains of dust.
Here in the United States, our government makes a valiant effort to count noses, make assessments, and try to guantify who we are. The census figures are important. The information is used for such things as feasibility studies and the allocation of governmental funding programs to specific areas.
The new census statistics are in, and guess what? There are more single adults in our nation than ever before. Thats right, there are more of you than ever before.
NEWSWEEK Magazines cover story focuses on single moms in our culture. Single mom households are now 9% of all households. Thirty years ago, single mom households represented only 5%. The census also noted a dramatic increase in the number of single dads, especially those being the primary caregivers for their children. In fact, today in our good old U.S. of A., slightly less than 24% of American households still have the traditional Leave It to Beaver nuclear family setup.
Why the shift? Why the rise in single parent households?
There are many factors, none of which accounts totally for the rise in single adult households. Changes in national and local social structures, economic status, education, the job market, social mores and ethic systems, decreased and increased expectations, changes wrought by rapidly advancing technology, changes in the concept of individual freedom and rights all play a part in the shift. So lets look beyond the many reasons why, and look at the important question for you: What now?
First of all, spend time in Gods Word to seek his will for our life NOW. Our social order is ever changing, and Gods people cannot be simply squeezed into the mold of this world (Romans 12:2). More than ever, we must have Gods Word in our hearts, minds, and lives. Reading Gods Word reminds that there are answers, morals, values, and standards for our life. Scripture connects us with a great continuum of others who had faith and endured. We are reminded we are not alone.
Second, hold your head high and fully live your season of singleness. I call the single life the season of singleness for the following reason: you may be single now, but not necessarily forever. Or you may be married now, but you will probably have a season of singleness at some time in your life. Being single is an opportunity, not a sentence. With so many single adults in America now, it is no longer useful to complain its a couples world. Rather, you can join millions of other single adults making their way today in a world in which they are at home to make a home.
Third, keep asking yourself, How can I help somebody today? There are children who need love, attention, and assistance. There are churches that need the blessing of single adults in their ministries. There are so many places to volunteer and make a difference. SINGLES, GET OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEBODY! Make your mark as a single by sharing Gods grace with others. Many of our greatest Bible heroes were singles who made their mark by serving others!
Finally, glorify God each day that you live. Do it in what you say. Do it in how you think. Do it in what you do. Stay true to your Heavenly Father, and HE will see you through because you are single, but truly not alone.
Author: Cary Branscum
Publication Date: June 1, 2001
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