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Christian Singles and Boundless: My Favorite Place to Get Biblical Guidance During This Season of Singlehood
Singlehood is something that many of us secretly desire to get out of. Being single can be lonely, especially when everyone around you seems to have found someone else to love. In our culture where it is cool to have a romantic partner, where there is so much talk about sex in the media, where singles are portrayed as hopeless, losers, unlovable, lonely, socially awkward.... singles find themselves ostracized by society.
At the same time, wanting to be different from the rest might cause some singles to swing to the other extreme of the spectrum, where instead of longing for prince charming (or their princess), they avoid dating altogether.
What does the Bible say about Singlehood? What is a biblical approach toward dating, courtship and marriage? As a single Christian, there are many things that I struggle with, and boundless.org is one place that I have found to be most helpful.
Boundless is an online magazine that contains articles directed to young adults. Singlehood, courtship, marriage... this are issues that I really love to read. The best thing about Boundless is that all the articles are firmly rooted in biblical principles.
There are articles about singlehood that have reminded me what my spiritual perspective toward this season of life ought to be. What kind of person should I look out for when searching for a life partner? What qualities should I hone in myself to prepare myself for marriage? What are courtship ad dating no-nos?
I have found that reading the articles for the girls especially comforting and encouraging. Feeling inadequate, weird and different, worried about my lack of physical beauty... all these concerns are addressed by the articles on Boundless. And I confess, reading the articles written for the guys really gave me insight into the minds of males, which I often struggle to comprehend.
One of the cool things about Boundless is that readers get to send in their questions. It’s amazing to read some of the answers and advice that has been offered to these readers. The amount of wisdom and spiritual insight that Boundless offers is so valuable. Because the readership of Boundless is so international and diverse, I really enjoy reading the comments left behind by the readers. It is especially fascinating how different cultures might act and respond so differently to a particular article. That said, it is nonetheless always amazing how the biblical principles remain unchanged and applicable to all.
Joshua Harris's I Kissed Dating Goodbye
Boundless is actually part of Focus on the Family ministries, and the resources offered are really solid. I always enjoy the book recommendations made my Boundless. One of the more famous ones is I Kissed Dating Goodbye, by Joshua Harris. Boundless of course has articles online that help readers to dissect Harris’s book in a way that will help the readers in their spiritual journeys. There are other books about purity, marriage preparation.. I really encourage you to head right over to their site.
Solid Christian Books About Singlehood
Other cool thing about Boundless is that they have podcasts about interesting topics like long distant relationships.... Boundless might feel a little old-fashioned at first, especially because we are living in a modern world that celebrates sexual promiscuity, and glamorizes things that the Bible does not approve of. However, the podcasts are a great examples of how Boundless is definitely not archaic at all - they even have an article about text messaging.... and in the comments it is very clear that many readers strike up vibrant discussions that keep Boundless very relevant to their everyday lives.
If you are a single or not, a parent, aunty, sibling, sunday school teacher... I really recommend that you check out Boundless.org. It will helps us all to live life in a way that is pleasing to God, and in a way that honors the opposite sex, and the institutions of gender and marriage that God has created for us. Indeed, singlehood is a season of life that might last forever for some of us, but it is created by God, for His special purposes.