I Like Being Single
The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. -- Psalm 121:8
Torry Martin travels all across the United States performing
as a Christian comedian at various conferences, cruises, and retreats.
He also writes novels, humor columns, and episodes of Adventures
in Odyssey for Focus on the Family. Listen to his “embracing
life” attitude: “There is no doubt in my mind that
the reason I’m single right now is because God wanted me
to be available for ministry,” he told me. “I actually
feel called to remain single, and I wouldn’t have it any
In addition, he sees his ministry in much broader terms than
just his comedy and writing. “I like being single and being
available to do whatever God wants me to do,” he said. “Whether
that’s just traveling to see my friends, or going on a mission
trip at a moment’s notice, or just spending time interceding
for others.” He goes on to say, “My greatest ministry
is having the time to be a good friend to the people in my life
who are important.”
Torry points to the verse above as motivation for him to embrace
life right now. “Knowing that God’s got his eye on
me forever, whether I remain single or marry, brings
me great comfort and encourages me to embrace whatever comes my
He also has some great advice for singles. “I don’t
think God is really waiting for people to get married before he
can use them to their full potential. Look at the apostle Paul.
He wasn’t married, and God used him all over the place.
And what about Mother Teresa? Do you think anyone ever told her
that she wasn’t living a fulfilled life just because she
wasn’t married? Or what about the professor on Gilligan’s
Island? He wasn’t married, and that guy was a genius!”
Torry is obviously not afraid to use his comedic talent to make
a spiritual point. Something he does quite well.
Digging Deeper into Psalm 121:8
1. List the ministries that God has given to you—including
those you can use to support and encourage your friends and family.
2. Do you believe that you would be able to put as much time,
effort, and prayer into all of your ministries if you were married
right now? Explain.
3. Have you ever thanked God for giving these ministries to
you? If not, take the time to do so now.
4. Does Psalm 121:8 comfort you and encourage you to embrace
life right now the way it does Torry?
5. Do you believe that God is waiting for you to be married
before he will use you to your full potential? Explain.
Excerpted from Single
Servings: 90 Devotions to Feed Your Soul by Lee Warren.
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