I was listening in as our youth pastor’s wife gave some dating advice to our students last month.
One student asked the question, “Does God want some people to be single and some people to be married? How do you know what God wants for you?”
It’s a great question. One that I’ve thought about before. When I was very young I went through a phase where I felt empowered and wanted everyone to know that I didn’t need a boyfriend to be happy. It was true. I was perfectly happy on my own.
When I met Randall, I sat down and rationally made the decision to move toward marriage with him in our relationship. We married in 2002 and I still feel like we’re in the honeymoon phase.
But in all honesty, there have still been some times when I’ve wondered what life would be like if I were single. What amazing things could I be doing if I weren’t tied down to one place? I like to think that I would travel to Calcutta and serve the poor and be completely selfless.
Rachel, our youth pastor’s wife, answered the question saying that someone once asked her to consider, “Are you of more use to God with your significant other, or without?”
I’ve never considered that question seriously. I assume if I were single and childless I could do more for God and devote my life to Him fully. But in reality, Randall is the one who has shown me how to be a servant. Parenthood has shown me how to be selfless. I am so far from being the next Mother Teresa. Soooo far. But I know I am closer to God, and being the woman God wants me to be because of this man.
Happy Birthday Randall. Thank you for all you are and all you’ve done for me! I love you with all of my heart!