Written by Candace Maxymowich of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Have you ever wondered if there’s something you’ve done wrong and that’s why you’re single? Have you had any doubts that you’ll ever date seriously or get married? While singleness at times can be lonely, does this mean it’s ok to zone out on YouTube every night or that you can live any way that you want to?

God has a plan and a purpose for each life, and believers are called to trust He will keep His promises. We’re called to make the most out of every situation, trusting God’s at work.

What can separate us from the love of God? “Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:35). Shall singleness? “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Nothing – certainly not our relationship status – can keep us from receiving and fulfilling all that God has become for us in Jesus. His favour already rests on you. His Word will lead you, and His grace is able to sustain you. Yes, even single you.

Hang on to His Word and His truths that say His ways are higher than your ways (Isaiah 55:9). Hang on to the great hope in the true and loving God who says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God created each of us uniquely and has given us gifts in order to touch other people’s lives.

We want our lives to be full and fruitful and we want to experience all God has made and given us as much as possible. We want our experience in this short life to really count for His glory and the good of others.

Too often, we’ve made dating or marriage a qualification for happiness and feeling valuable and significant. When we get to thinking, “I should be dating” or “I should be married by now,” it’s easy to compare ourselves to others. But God created each of us uniquely and has given us gifts in order to touch other people’s lives.

When God called Moses to speak to Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He asked Moses to use what was already in his hand: his staff. He didn’t ask Moses to use something he didn’t have. What’s in your hand? What are your strengths? What are the gifts that God has given you that you could use today to bless somebody? What can you do to make the most of your single life?