Victory and greatness can sometimes blind me of the real important things in life.
Defeat and challenges can sometimes paralyze me to focus on the things that truly matter.
I feel like I always have to press the “reset” button every time either of those happen in my life.
And now, as I just turned 31 this month, I feel like I need to do a reset of priorities again.
I felt like I’ve lost the end goal in mind and I merely chose to live each day as it comes.
I lost a sense of target, a vision.
I realize that for the past months, I’ve wasted a lot of my time doing unnecessary things and sometimes not doing anything at all.
What happened to me, maximizing my life being single?
I don’t know. I just lost it.
But I’m grateful that I can always start again. I can always go back to my list of faith goals that I set at the start of this year.
I’m just glad I made a list!
As I once again press that “reset” button, I pray that I will never lose sight again of the vision that God has given to me at the start of this year. I pray that everything I will be doing will always be aligned to what God had already set for me for this year.
And as I continue to wait on certain things in my life, I pray that I will never grow weary and lose hope.
I will continue to live with God’s vision in mind, enjoying the present.
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
Have you ever asked God why He allows you to meet different strangers at certain points in your life? Do you think God has a reason for every stranger that you cross path with?
Isn’t it amazing how God connects us with different people not just to those within our reach but even to those who are oceans apart from us? I never thought how technology could make it possible.
I believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason, even strangers that we get to talk for two minutes or less. We may not know what that reason is, but for sure, God makes it happen as part of His great plan in each of our lives.
When opportunity comes that strangers become strangers no more, it’s amazing when you see how relationships develop from a mere exchange of hello. Question is – How much of our time right now are we giving to invest in building genuine relationships?
And, I’m throwing that question to all single women out there. As you wait for that person that God has set for you, have you been spending your time meeting different people and really building genuine friendship? How have you been intentional in meeting people? Or, have you been totally ignoring strangers?
Since I moved here May of last year, I’m just amazed how God allowed me to meet people of different backgrounds. There are people that I only get to see once a week but as you start sharing a bit of your life to them and so do they, it’s amazing how that once a week encounters grow into friendships.
As single, one of the many ways that we can maximize our time is to be part of a community. It could be a way to meet the person that God has prepared for you. 😉 Though of course, that is just a bonus if ever that happens. It’s really more of learning how to be selfless as we share our time to people who needs it.
So when you meet a stranger today and God touches your heart to give a little bit of your time, go ahead and do it. You’ll never know how that encounter would turn out into something beautiful.
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2
Photo below: This is with my friend, Anni at Intramuros. I met her at a Bible class in a church I attended before here in Canada. After the Bible class, we didn’t see each other anymore and God allowed us to meet again while we were volunteering at the church cafeteria. She is a perfect example of a person who invested her time to a stranger like me (stranger in the country to be exact). And since then, we’ve become good friends. God has used her so much to bless me especially when I moved here as immigrant.
I can’t believe I’m turning 31 next month. Next year, my age is off the calendar month days. 🙂 🙂 🙂
But, it doesn’t really bother me. To have another year added is a milestone, a blessing. But for some it could be dreadful, especially to singles like me. Right? Right? Com’n… 🙂
You feel like you’ve waited for so long? I do. Let’s be real. And you know what I’m talking about. For sure, if you were at my age, you’ve been bugging God more often than before on when you will really meet that person that He has prepared for you. Well, maybe you have already. God is not just telling you, yet. 🙂
Well, anyway, so how has waiting been for you? Have you been very impatient? Are you almost giving up that you want to take ahead of God? Or, giving up and just really decided to remain single for the rest of your life?
I hear you, sister. Waiting for me recently hasn’t been easy as well. Especially that I just moved to another country, building relationships and meeting new people. Being away from family and my friends didn’t help at all at this time of waiting for me.
However, God has remained faithful. His love continues to sustain me that I can only remain joyful despite of going through this season with little loneliness sometimes. I know that God is at work at this aspect of my life. And if I take ahead of Him, I will totally mess up what He has been preparing ahead of time. And I don’t want to do that. I can only trust His timing.
I mean, life is meant to be lived fully as Jesus desired us to have. Regardless of how difficult this kind of waiting can be at times, life can still be lived abundantly. Because my life doesn’t revolve around me and what’s happening to me. My life revolves around Jesus who is the very reason why I wake up each morning even if at times I don’t feel like going to work. He gives me reason to take care of myself because of the purpose that He gave to my life. He pushes me to go beyond my comfort zone so that He may reveal Himself to me more and see how much He can do more. He is my reason for living.
As I wait and prepare for God to bring me to that person He has for me, I want not just to wait and prepare for that reason but all the more for the time that Jesus will come back.
That’s what makes waiting more purposeful and meaningful. Waiting not just for somebody but waiting for the One who is really worth the wait. Jesus Christ.
Happy Waiting! 🙂
How are you doing?
How’s life so far?
Have you met a new friend lately?
How’s your career going?
Were you able to travel to that favorite place you want to see?
How are you with your relationship with God?
Are you spending time with your family this weekend?
Any volunteering plans in the future?
Have you improved a skill with your new hobby?
If you can’t give positive answers to those few questions, then you are truly missing out a lot in your single life.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THEN???
There are days that we pray harder to God, desperately asking if He can reveal the right man for us. ASAP! We would even bring up to God everything that we did for Him just to remind Him of His promise for us. (Like God doesn’t know)
In short, we tend to get impatient.
If you think that having a life will truly start when you are married, that you are saving all the good stuff for that awaited married life, then, my dear single friend, it is time to embrace your single life.
The most important thing you need to save for your marriage is your purity.
If you are saving that beautiful place when you’re married, go now! You can always come back.
If you are saving that sport you want to try, do it now! You might meet that person through that sport.
If you are compromising with relationships, quit now! You need to trust God while waiting.
Until God will bring us (single women) to our God’s best (take note – bring), let’s enjoy the blessings of being single. So that when we are married, we will not regret and say, “If only I am single…”
this is how i spend my single life 🙂
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