Being single-minded for Christ

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;
~ 1 Corinthians 7:32

The Singles segment of the community is a unique one – the young adults are at an important crossroad in their lives. They are just freed from being under the care of their parents while at the same time not yet concerned with a family of their own. St.Paul says they ideally should be free from anxieties, but in today’s world the youth at this stage are fraught with many anxieties.

While they are finding their place in the world today, with the pressure of starting their career on a good note and chasing after money in the desire to be completely independent, it is also at this stage that they are looking forward to meaningful
relationships that will ultimately lead to a life vocation.

So anxieties are plenty, but St.Paul reaffirms that this is a beautiful stage in one’s life. Truly it is a time when a person can give of their time, talent and treasure to the building of the Kingdom of God. And that is the calling to all members of the
Singles segment – to be able to be single-minded for God.

We see in our Singles ministry many who are ready to serve in different capacities, willing to go to faraway states and areas to serve and deliver the word. They are present in serving various ministries – be it the youth, kids or even helping in organizing programs for the Couples. This willingness to serve God wholeheartedly makes them the backbone of the community in many ways.

The stage is also one where Singles are called to move into a deeper relationship with God in the pursuit of holiness. This desire for holiness needs to also permeate into their career and their important life decisions and therefore the need for both intercession and discernment. Putting God first helps them to look at their job objectively, as a means to give glory to God rather than seeking glory for oneself. An intimate relationship with God also leads them to seek true intimacy in terms of their vocation, be it Matrimony or religious life.

We encourage our Singles to also use this time in their lives to begin a deeper involvement with the Parishes, to give of their time and effort in organizing and supporting the parish community through their energy and ideas to make the Gospel more relevant today.

All this helps the Singles to focus on what matters most – holiness. For today’s young adults, holiness is not a popular term but when the singles empowered by the Holy Spirit come together, they create a counter-culture than can challenge the norms and bring more and more people closer to God through their lives.

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity
~ 1 Timothy 4:12

About Arthadathil Varkey Jose

Country Servant of India and Mission co-ordinator of South India and East India Hindi Mission.

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