June 22, 2006

Quote of the Day

Via Luci Swindoll, author of I Married Adventure: Looking at Life through the Lens of Possibility

When asked by a Christian publisher to write a book on her choice to remain single, she responded that she wouldn't base it on a scritpure verse, rather she'd base it on this quote: "From birth through eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen through thirty-five she needs good looks. From thirty-five through fifty-five, she needs a good personality. And from fifty-five on, she needs cash."


Angie said...

How does one make a "choice" to remain single? Is that like saying that one is going to make a "choice" to be married?

The first seems as backwards to me as the second ever has. It would seem...what's the word...OH! Can I steal a word from Jen and Robert!? Inshallah! God willing?! to either one?!

So if GOD himself came to her and said, "I will for you to be married," she'd stand him down and say, "Sorry Lord, I'm married to adventure, and right now, I'm in the 18-35 age bracket, so according to this quote (as she checks her trusty blackberry), I've made the choice to need...GOOD BOOKS...not a marraige and your will. Thanks for the talk though. I have a plane to catch, we'll talk later though! Love ya, buh bye!"

Why can't people (read: Christian single women) stop writing about this idea of "single vs. married" and acting as if they have a say? Doesn't the "lens of possibility" include marrying (and/or staying single)? And that the ADVENTURE could just very well BE marriage itself, and then including marrriage in her many adventures?

If God wants it for her, it's GOING to happen, and she's GOING to be REALLY happy about it, but she's really NOT going to have it happen a second sooner than it's supposed to. So in the meantime, she needs to go get about His work and stop acting like she has any say in whether she is or is not going to be married. What a trick!

That's the problem with basing your life on a quote. From birth to death, we've never needed anything but to love mankind and to love God. The rest (parents, good looks, a good personality, and cash? who cares?)

(and no, of course I haven't read the book).

Angie said...

Not that I don't love my mom. I do. ;-)

scarp said...

Funny - as a single woman the same age as angie, I had a similar gut level response to the quote. It felt cold, random, I don't know. I'm pretty content single (as content as I think many married people are married) - but only because I choose to look to God to supply all my needs. (When I don't, I'm not) I may be interested (depending on my mood) to see what she ends up actually saying in the book, but I don't like the quote - for whatever thats worth.