Around The Web: Cringe Worthy

Advice- “Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

Baz Luhrmann: Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

If you are single for long enough, sooner or later you will stumble across  a few pieces of advice that will be cringe worthy.

For certain, the author of the well-intended anecdote, bible verse, book suggestion, etc. will mean you no harm, but  that won’t change the fact that their words may come across as dismissive or insensitive.  (To that end, if you’re tempted to give a single person advice, it may be helpful to  listen a little more and talk a little less.)

Recently, I stumbled across a blog entry from Jon Acuff.  The man who brought us Stuff Christians Like.

As a married man, he’s come to realization that he’s said and done some insensitive things to his single brothers and sisters. In an effort to set things right, he’s written a humorous checklist of clichés and stereotypes that singles often encounter in the church. It’s called Surviving Church As A Single. Check it out and let me know what you think.

And while you’re at it, let me know your thoughts on the following:

  • What’s some of the best advice you’ve received as a single person?
  • What are some misconceptions about singleness?
  • What do you think the church can do to foster better relationships/communication between marrieds & singles?

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