To the married among us, do we involve our single brothers and sisters in family life? Do we call them, invite them over, include them in our activities? What do we do to recognize and encourage our single friends to live life “to the full” as God has called them? Do we call them even when we don't need babysitters? Do we ask them to speak into our lives, and do we recognize the rich blessings they can offer our children as well? Psalm 68:6 says “God sets the lonely in families.” We married people have an opportunity to bless our single friends, and sometimes we miss it.
It has been said that a major contributor to our cultural demise is the breakdown of the family. So we hear teaching to enrich marriage, we celebrate mothers on Mother's Day, fathers have their special Father's Day, and many homes cater to the whims and wishes of pampered children. Certainly, mothers, fathers, and children are family components who need input from the church. Fathers, godly fathers, are nearly on the endangered species list. But where does that leave single people? We can unwittingly marginalize single people in our churches. Brothers and sisters, this should not be! When is the last time you thanked God for your single brother or sister in the church, and prayed that He would encourage their hearts? Have you recently commended a single sister or brother for saving their virginity—no small accomplishment in our society, and a testament to the life of God at work in our single brothers and sisters!