Choosing one thing is hard. I’ll share one thing from the book and one thing from the podcasts. In my last paragraph, I’ll try to tie them together, so I can pretend they are only “one thing.”
7 Myths about Singleness opened my eyes to many of the needs around me. Even though I’m single, I still live in a family unit since my parents graciously let my sisters and me live with them. I realized other singles in my church are probably experiencing loneliness in a way I’m not, and I need to reach out to them. The chapter “Singleness Means No Family” moved me to see the children in my life as my own children and open my heart to them in a greater way. I’m even noticing the needs of my married friends more. It’s a little overwhelming.
The sentence from the podcasts that hit me hardest was a statement from Episode 9 about avoiding sexual sin. Either Shawn or Ivy (I can’t remember who) said, “We all have our fantasies.” At this point in my life, sexual temptation does not top my list of temptations, but this comment about fantasies caused me to broaden my definition of these temptations and notice how they are touching my life.
I have a deep desire for tender love and affection. I also crave the respect and approval of other people. Even though these desires aren’t specifically sexual in nature, I realized I’m seeking fulfillment from other people (or in my daydreams) when I can only find this perfect love in Christ.
I think Ivy mentioned in one of the podcasts that she longs for the day when she can say with her whole heart that she’s fully satisfied in Christ. (@Ivy_Tyson, please correct me if I’m not quoting you correctly. The one thing I hate about podcasts is that it’s really hard to check quotes.)
I know the answer to my current struggles in life is to find my full satisfaction in Christ. Only then can I serve the people around me. I can’t solve their problems, but I can let Christ fill me to overflowing, and that overflow will touch everyone I meet.