Here in the South, springtime means wedding season. Two weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Nashville and attend the wedding of a dear friend of mine. It was beautiful. The couple couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the temperature was perfect.
My husband described the wedding ceremony as a worship service with vows in the middle. He was right. The bride and groom pledged their love for Christ and for one another in front of family and friends from all seasons of life.
And I mean all seasons. The congregation was like a melting pot of friends from childhood, high school, college, seminary and over a decade of ministry. Both the bride and groom have ministerial vocations. It was a wonderful union and reunion.
It was also the first wedding of a close friend that I had been to in a while. The bride was one of my bridesmaids almost six years ago. So getting to be a part of her special day made me reminisce about my own.
Seven years ago, I was a single lady trying to discern God’s will for my life in terms of marriage. (That is another story for another blog … or blogs.) I sought the counsel of godly men and women and immersed myself in the Word and in biblically sound resources.
One of those was Boundless.org, a ministry of Focus on the Family. At the time, Boundless.org was a website with articles and some podcasts. I read it faithfully each week with great expectation. It seemed to address everything I, as a single Christian, was dealing with in life from a biblical, theological and practical standpoint.
Honestly, I had forgotten about it over the last few years until a recent conversation sparked my memory. So I decided to see if it still exists. It does, and it looks to be better than ever. It addresses the general areas of relationships, adulthood and faith by speaking specifically about community, dating, marriage, sexuality, being single, career, family, money, ministry and spiritual growth.
Rather than me trying to describe the purpose of Boundless.org to you, here is the ministry’s vision taken straight from its website:
Boundless is an award-winning ministry of Focus on the Family with the goal of helping young adults grow up, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family. Through articles, a group blog, a weekly podcast and the power of community, we challenge 20- and 30-somethings to reject society's low expectations and live biblically and intentionally in all things, including relationships.
Young adults in their 20s and 30s are the target audience for Boundless.org but anyone can glean wisdom from its content. I encourage you to visit the website and spend some time there, especially if you are a young adult trying to navigate this crazy world.
It’s not a shallow self-help, how-to formulaic resource for your happiness. While it does offer help and advice, Boundless.org uses biblically based wisdom and relevant application to challenge and convict its readers to be intentional about their relationships and their lives. For lack of a better term, its “real-life stuff.”
Here is a small sampling of the site’s content:
Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.