We want to stay on the straight and narrow path and serve God, yet we continue a practice that often pull us in the wrong direction.
Defective dating Dating has built-in problems, and if we continue to date according to the system as it is today, well more than likely swerve into trouble.
When I was a kid, my mom taught me two rules of grocery shopping.
First, never shop when youre hungry everything will look good and youll spend too much money. Ive got the first rule down, but I havent had much success with that second rule.
Like many dating relationships, Jayme and Troys became intimate with little or no thought about commitment or how either of them would be affected when it ended.
Eric and Jennys dating relationship had started out innocently? Soon afterward they broke up, discouraged and hurt. But both came to him separately and expressed emotional trauma and guilt over past memories. Some of us had made the same mistake or watched it happen in the lives of our friends. We wanted the pastor to tell us what we were supposed to do instead.Deepening intimacy without defining a level of commitment is plainly dangerous.Its like going mountain climbing with a partner who isnt sure that she wants the responsibility of holding your rope.The pastor telling the story saw both of them years later at a high school reunion. When I see him, I remember it all so vividly, Jenny cried. When I see her, the hurt comes back, he told his former youth pastor. When the youth minister had finished telling this story, you could have heard a pin drop. But he gave no alternative that afternoon, Evidently the pastor thought the couple's only mistake was giving in to temptation.He seemed to think that Eric and Jenny should have had more respect for each other and more self-control.