The Single Life

At Baylor, at least half of the student body is on the road to Ring by Spring — being engaged by your Spring semester of senior year — or has already accomplished it. I’m neither engaged nor on said road. In fact, I’m quite the opposite.

I’m single. Let me tell you what it’s like.

I wake up in the morning, excited to spend the day with my best friend. His name is Jesus. I dive into God’s word, learning more about Him, and what it’s like to look like Him.

Then I go about my day. I see The Lord working in my life in both big and small ways.

Usually I’ll pass lovey dovey couples on campus. Many times I become envious of them and their happiness with one another, and I’ll want to feel that way with someone. It’s hard being single in a setting where you’ve been brainwashed into finding The One.

It’s easy to idolize relationships, especially when they are healthy and Christ-centered. It’s easy to point to those happy couples, look up, and say “See God, I want that. Now, please?”

But then I remember that my patience will be rewarded. My perseverance will not go unnoticed. My joyfulness in His plan will be remembered.

More importantly, I remember my best friend Jesus. I remember that He is The One who makes me whole. He is The One who brings me true joy. He is The One who will fulfill me much more than any boyfriend or relationship ever can or will. He is The One who graciously saves me, who unconditionally loves me, who absolutely adores me.

So I shrug off my temporary envy & loneliness. I lower mpointed finger that asks for what the lovestruck couple has. I walk on. And continue on my way. I see The Lord working in my life in both big and small ways.

At night, I dive into God’s word, learning more about Him, and what it’s like to look like Him. I thank Him for His calming presence, His complete faithfulness, His undeniable goodness. I thank Him for my best friend, Jesus, The One who makes me whole. Then I shut my eyes and go to sleep.

Last Valentine’s Day, I volunteered at Fuzzy Friends, an animal shelter in Waco. That pretty much sums up my love life — or lack thereof.

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Maelyn Schramm

Adopted from China, I hail from Dallas and spent a few years studying in Waco at Baylor University. As a recent college graduate, I'm learning how to be an adult by taking risks, living boldly and faithfully following The Lord. I love coffee, puppies and adventures.


  1. Mahoney

    Your strength is inspiring! 🙂 The way you trust in Him is beautiful and definitely something that the world needs more of. Who knows, maybe your match that you’ll meet someday feels exactly as you do at this moment! Until that day, all is good and so is God. :)\

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