For years I have noticed on church websites that they have a tendency to put a button for family ministry and then singles separate. Or worse, adults and then singles separate.
I know, I know most people when they think of the word family are thinking of more than one person but seriously, you can start to get a complex.
So what constitutes a family? God tells me in His word that I am complete and whole as I am. If i am complete, am I not a complete family too? Would it be that if I got married or had roommates or other extended family move in with me that there was just be "more" family?
For me, when I ask people how their "family" is doing I am not necessarily only thinking of who lives in their home. I am asking the question about all their family including parents, kids, nieces and nephews. Basically anyone that they value. Anyone that they may have asked me to pray for.
So next time you hear a pastor or church list families as being the traditional kind of the parents and kids, gently correct them and say, hey, I am a family too. There is only one of me at my home but I have parents, kids, etc.
Please know God considers you to be his family.