Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Singles know who they are. They have always been the same person. Single-again people however change. When we were single, we were completely ourselves, our likes, hobbies, beliefs, and routines. Then we got married. And in marriage, you can't remain yourself and survive. There is a blending, a melding together that happens. God describes it as "the two become one flesh." Thats exactly what happens. We start with MY way, and YOUR way, and in the end we have OUR way. We develop a way of life together, with a blended routine, blended likes, and blended hobbies. We take on a new identity, and it fits in that married life.
On the day my husband died, that married life ended. And so did that blended woman. I am no longer blended with my husband, so the things which defined me in that relationship no longer fit. The hobbies we had together, I no longer enjoy as I once did. The routines we had as a family changed. And I am not that single woman I was 9 years ago either. Both of those definitions of Jennifer have ceased to be. So who am I now if I am not the women I once was?
Enter redefinition. Yes there is a season of redefining yourself which happens when you are single-again. You have to relearn yourself. And you find that who you are is not who you were, and probably not who you thought you'd be. I've found it hard to answer some of the simplest of questions: what are your hobbies? What pastimes do you enjoy? As I mutter through a bunch of ummms, I realize I have no concrete answer. "I don't know"is the best answer I can provide.
Redefining yourself is a glorious experiment. Its the opportunity to step out in ways you never before have. Its the chance to try things you never may have. The box in which you resided is torn apart, and while that feels scary and vulnerable, you are free! You are free to run out of the box in whatever direction you choose. I have grown as a person in this season of redefinition. I am not the woman I once was. Just like the latest box of Tide detergent, I'm new and improved. In all honesty very little has changed, just a slight adjustment, but the results are more powerful!
The new and improved Jennifer is a runner! She enjoys traveling on her own to different destinations to run 13.1 miles, just to get a little race bling! She's independent, confident, healthier and skinnier. The new and improved Jennifer is a passionate worshipper. She has broken out of her box of intimidation and public approval and freely worships God as if no one is watching. She's madly in love with Her Jesus, and is experiencing Him tangibly, and hearing His voice as never before. The new and improved Jennifer is a blogger. She writes each night of the struggles, emotions, events, victories and struggles she has faced. She shares her heart with a world full of strangers. She's comforted, encouraged, and strengthened by the simple act of journaling.
It's time to let go of the past, and recognize that while being single-again feels like a wet sock, it is a beautiful season. A season of unlimited potential; full of adventure. Embrace your singleness. Let God redefine you into the new and improved version. You may just find, like that box of Tide, that you like the results!