I watched the Bachelor.
I like the young man enough- he seems sweet and genuine; though I really wonder what on earth he expects to find in a situation like this one....I digress. The women, on the other hand, didn't come across quite so well. Maybe that's all part of the marketing ploy for all I know, yet I found the whole thing really, really sad.
Halfway through the show my heart was aching for some of these girls, wondering why they felt so empty, so "washed up" at the tender age of 25. The most horrifying aspect was that several of them seemed to have already mapped out their young lives with this man, as if they knew him intimately enough to even fathom the idea. I guess I felt sorry for some of them, and I wanted to take them aside to tell them how valuable they are, how much God loves them and has a perfect plan for their lives, whether it involves finding love on a TV show or not. Then it hit me- I didn't know that when I was their age either. I've always believed in God, but I didn't have any knowledge of His real love for me and for the details of my life. I cannot reach out to the girls on the show, but I can reach out to the young women in my own circles, to encourage them, uphold them in prayer, and simply be there. I'm going to have to pray about what God wants me to do...and I'll keep you posted.
For now, I'm cold, feeling a bit withdrawn and isolated, so I'm going to post a few favorite pictures from warmer days over the years. Enjoy!