Years ago, I was in a church which put terrific pressure on young people to marry as soon as possible and treated long-term singles as 'failures'. I was finding it really difficult to deal with, as I felt this was really unbiblical, but at the same time, I felt like a rebel for standing up for spinsterhood! An elderly spinster who had been my grandmother's best friend asked me if I was 'dating'. When I said no, she looked me straight in the eye and said 'Never marry until you meet someone worth giving up your singleness for'. I found this so inspiring and encouraging. Single people have great freedom to serve the Lord; we should cherish it and value it, not apologise for it!