I’m sitting here watching a man my age (29 years old) play video games for 2 hours straight. I’m suddenly inspired to write a post.
Lemme’ speak to the fellas who are single and of marriageable age (roughly 20 and up):
You go to work or class (maybe).
You come home. First thing you do: nap.
Then: Tivos of The Daily Show and Colbert Report.
Dinner: whatever you can throw together…usually pizza, takeout, or natchos from the microwave. Perhaps a frozen burrito or two.
XBox for a few hours.
Watch Spike TV…then Tivo of Family Guy…then Tivo of The Simpsons.
On the weekends: video games. Napping. Poker with the guys. Watch football/basketball/baseball on TV…or, if you are where I’m from, Nascar (Get r’ done!). Maybe take a trip to Vegas. Spend extra income on things you desire to have (the aforementioned XBox was a wise investment, you surmise.). Go to a Sunday service.
Any women you got your eye on? “Oh, not really. Whenever God chooses to bring me a wife, I’ll let it happen then. Until then, I’m just trying to focus on my relationship with God and serve Christ in my singleness.”
Just call a spade a spade, dude. Don’t spiritualize it.
I’m not exaggerating. Well, maybe a little, but not much. If I was a bettin’ man, I’d bet this is a decent picture of the lives of many, many single males, even in the church…and I’m not just talking those in their early 20’s. I’m talking 28, 30, 35, etc.
Does this describe all single men of marriageable age? No. Some are go getters, for sure, and some are single not for lack of trying. Still others choose to be celibate for life as a calling in order to serve the Lord more fully. A noble call for sure, but this is a very, very small minority. A wider and wider swath of American single men are beginning to needlessly put off adulthood, responsibility, and marriage intentionally, with the purpose of just, well, hangin” around.
Back to talking to the dudes: let’s say you do, eventually, at some unspecified time in the distant future, settle down when you want. Are you gonna tell me that all the years you spent as a single guy in the lifestyle above won’t affect your marriage? Is she to suppose you’ll just be able to “flip a husband switch” or something? Do you actually think your wife will be pleased with the habits you bring into the marriage?
Get off your duff. Peter Griffin ain’t your hero. Don’t waste your youth, and don’t waste your life.