Tuesday, February 17, 2015

on singleness, part III

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Last fall, I wrote a couple blog posts about singleness. You can read them here and here. Little did I know that in a matter of months my life would be turned completely upside down by one very special man. Having done the singleness thing for my entire adult life, I was in for quite the surprise.

Imagine my delight when last October, I met and began dating my now boyfriend, Rory. If we are friends in real life or you follow me on Instagram, you've seen his sweet face. Sorry I'm not sorry for being sickeningly mushy. It's been a wild four months, but oh so very good. Rory is pretty much my complete opposite. I'm loud, he's quiet. I'm a spender, he's a saver. I speed, and he follows the rules. I'm black, he's white. Need I say more? Rory is wonderful, and he loves me well. He takes care of me and always considers me. He laughs with me about stupid things and calls me on my crap.

Here's the thing about Rory, though. As much as I love him and as grateful as I am for him, he's not Jesus. He doesn't complete me. He complements me in that where I'm weak, he's strong. He helps me understand how to gain a new perspective when I need to calm down or check myself. But he cannot completely understand me or know my innermost thoughts like Jesus can. He's human. And he has faults. I haven't found many, but I know they exist. ;)

In getting to know Rory more each day, I find out more about myself and my need for Christ. It is so easy to idolize him and forget where my help comes from. I see my selfishness when I want things to go my way instead of compromising. I recognize my need for the Lord when he can't just solve all of my problems. I realize that Christ truly is my only hope. Friends, I tell you these things to remind you of Truth. No matter our state in life, our hope is in Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. He woos us, romances us, and gives us life from death. What better joy can we have but to look to Him in all things? As we prepare for the Lenten season, let's remember our true source of hope and truth in all seasons, single, married, young, and old- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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