I made you a Valentine’s Day card.

Feel free to send this to all your church friends who are single. They will love it.

Paul

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    • Jenn C says

      Pretty sure “the gift of singleness” is not as bad as being beaten and imprisoned, among other hardships and trials he endured, lol. Not so bad to be like Paul, huh? Now that’s funny.

      • Greg says

        I believe to be like Paul is to share in some of his personal characteristics not necessarily to experience similar life events. Although, on a personal note, the darkest hours of my life are when I’ve felt closest to God. Paul called his hardships “light and momentary” in 2Cor 4:17. He was either crazy or able, by God’s grace, to see them in their proper perspective in view of eternity.

  1. Jennifer says

    If the gift of singleness came with a receipt, the return line would look like Black Friday at the walmart! ( yes, I the walmart)

  2. Bryan says

    I’m one of the singles referenced by the card and I busted out laughing when I read it. LOL I’ll share it on my Facebook profile.

  3. says

    That is pretty good. The only thing is that Paul may have possibly been a widower. There was one place that I read though that some believe that Paul might have been married at some point. There is some that believe this as he was a member of the Sanhedrin, which apparently would have required marriage.
    Whether this is true or not we do not know. The results are the same however. He was single at the time of his ministry.
    http://www.TruthandWord.com

  4. Vicki says

    There should be a valentine for the Gift of Friend Zone, to give all the guys at church you wouldn’t date in a bazillion years, but you can’t tell them to jump off a bridge, ‘cuz you’re in church…

  5. Zach Gifford says

    Jon, buddy, I love you.

    But I also kind of want to punch you right now. In Christian love, of course.

    Love wins (duh), but it was close for a minute there.

  6. Tania says

    Madea’s Wisdom on friends

    Sonny: [in a funk after Vanessa left him] I just don’t… What am I supposed to do now?
    Madea: You got to go on with your life. It’s all right to sit around and be depressed for a minute, cry about it, do whatever you have to but don’t stay there too long. Get up and go on with your life. You know what? This is what I learned in all these years on this earth. If somebody want to walk out of your life, LET THEM GO. Especially if you know that you done everything you can do. You done sat around and been the best man or the best woman you can be and they still want to go, let them go. Whatever they’re running after, they’ll see what they had in a minute, but by then it’s gonna be too late. ‘Cuz you’ll sit there and you’ll go… Because half of these people, you be sitting around crying about it, worrying about it and then two or three years from now you ain’t even gonna remember their last name. How many times you done see folks somewhere and you be like ‘What the hell was I thinking? I done been there, I was like what was wrong with me? What was I going through? I must have been lonely as hell to hook up with you’. Let folks go, Sonny. Some people’ll come in your life for a lifetime, and some’ll come for a season. You got to know which is which. And you’re gonna always mess up when you mix those seasonal people up with lifetime expectations. They got people that got married to people they was only supposed to be with for a season and they wonder why they’re having so much hell in their life. That was the person that was supposed to come and teach you one thing. You didn’t know it so you just fell in love and now you wonder why you don’t have no peace anywhere you go. No, noooo! Listen, I put everybody that come in my life in the category of a tree. Some people are like leaves on a tree. If the wind blows, they’re over here, they’re unstable. Blow the other way, they’re over here. if seasons change, they wither and die, they’re gone. But that’s alright, that’s some people. Most people in the world are like that. They’re just there to take from the tree, they ain’t there to do nothing but take and give shade every now and then. That’s all they can do. But don’t get mad at people like that, that’s who they are. They ain’t never gonna be nothing, that’s what they put on this earth for, to be what they are: A LEAF. Some people are like a branch on that tree. You gotta be careful with them branches too because they’ll fool you. They’ll get there and make you think that they’re a good friend and they’re real strong. But the minute you step out there on them, they’ll break and they’ll leave you high and dry. But if you find two or three people in your life that’s like the roots at the bottom of that tree, you are blessed because they’re the kind of people who ain’t going nowhere. They ain’t worried about being seen, don’t nobody have to know that they know you, they ain’t got to know what they’re doing for you. But if those roots weren’t there, that tree couldn’t live, you understand? A tree can have a hundred million branches but only a few roots down at the bottom to make sure it gets everything they need. I’m telling you, Sonny, when you get you some roots, you better hold on to them because the rest of them, you let them go. Let folks go!
    Sonny: Aunt Madea, it’s not always that easy.
    Madea: Ain’t nobody said it was gonna be easy, but it will get easy when you learn how to love yourself. When you get to a point in your life where you look at people and you go ‘Okay wait a minute. You or me?’, you will make a decision. When you telling folks to do something… Now I’ve never thrown nobody away, I’ve never in my life just thrown anybody away saying ‘Don’t bother me no more, don’t talk to me no more’, I’ve never done that. What I DO is tell them, ‘Look, this thing you doing right here is gonna cause a problem. You need to fix that because if we’re gonna be friends and gonna be cool, you need to fix that. And if you don’t, we’re gonna have an issue’. If you see somebody fix it or even trying to fix it, that’s somebody that cares. Keep those people around, that’s a leaf that’s trying to grow up and be something else. But if you tell somebody ‘What you’re doing is hurting me and I need you to stop’ and they keep doing it, they don’t care. Move on, let them go! No matter how much it hurts, let them go. And it’ll get easier, I promise you. Every day, it’ll get easier and easier and easier, you just have to make it through. You hear me, Sonny?
    Sonny: Yeah.
    Madea: You see, some people just gotta learn to be by themselves. People have to learn how to be alone. I don’t understand all these people crying about ‘I need somebody. Lord, where is my man, Lord where is my woman’. That is crazy as hell! If you don’t know how to be by yourself, what you gonna do with somebody else? Stop praying about it! SHUT UP AND WAIT! Go work on YOU! Hell, that’s what that time is for, to get YOURSELF together! I’d rather be in a corner by myself with a puppy and a goldfish and be happy than to be sitting around with somebody in my house and wondering what the hell they there for. You will be surprised with the things that people put up with just to have somebody say that they love them. I don’t understand that! I can’t live in dysfunction, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I done been through too much hell and high water to come there and let you come up in my adult life where I’m supposed to be at peace and give me all sorts of hell. There’s only two places on earth that you’re gonna have peace: the grave and your house. If you can’t walk up in your house and you ain’t got no peace, then something’s wrong. I’m sorry. People be rebuking Satan, I’ll be rebuking Satan and beating the hell out of everything that’s up in there until they get out. ‘I’m sorry, you gots to go. This is mine’. You hear me, Sonny?
    Sonny: Yeah, I hear you, Madea.
    Madea: You better hear me, That’s for sure!

    https://www.facebook.com/thetylerperry/posts/10151266457578268

    WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU?

    I said this in a play once as Madea… LOL. But I thought I’d revisit it as Tyler for those of you who may not have heard it

    I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

    LEAF PEOPLE
    Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

    BRANCH PEOPLE
    There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

    ROOT PEOPLE
    If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

    Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?

    THANK GOD FOR YOUR ROOTS! You may want to call them today or share this message with them and attach your own note saying, “thanks for being my root”.

    By the way, don’t waste your time sending this to a leaf, they won’t get it anyway.

  7. says

    I didn’t receive this on Valentine’s Day. Since, I’m single the only possible conclusion I came come to is:

    #1: My friends think there’s still hope for me!! I don’t have the gift of singleness.

    Or, what is more likely true…

    #2: They were too busy posting how much they love their significant other/ on romantic dates that they didn’t see this.

    Yup.

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