Jesus gives the best answers to life's hardest questions (not the easiest). “Why doesn’t God answer my prayer already and bring me the perfect spouse?” 7 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. - Corinthains 7:7 Singleness Is a GIFT From God. 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Both marriage and singleness are Biblical. Both are good. 25 Now concerning the betrothed (other translations say ‘virgin’), I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. 26 I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. “The Grass Where You Are Is Plenty Green.” Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” - Luke 14:26 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. SINGLENESS BECOMES A GIFT WHEN WE FOCUS ON MISSION MORE THAN WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE BELIEVE WE’RE MISSING. Singleness is not for distraction or ambitions, but for devotion to Jesus. “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” - Matthew 22:30 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear” - Revelation 19:7-8 Common Myths We Believe When It Relates to Singleness: Ultimate Relational Intimacy ONLY comes Through Marriage: Being Single Means I’ll Never Have a Family Singleness Is a Super Power: Some Have It, Some Don’t. In All Situations, Devotion to Jesus Is the Right Response to Discontentment.