Many teenagers date stupidly for many reasons, although I choose to wait for Godís timing as well as Godís best guy for me. I choose to obey my church and not date until I am at least eighteen years old. God has placed the church in my life to guide my steps, and I will allow them to do that throughout my life not just through my dating years. Because I love God, I obey Him without any reasons. When God asks me for a year to surrender my dating life to Him, I say to God, ďI surrender all my life, all my days, to you who I love more than life itself.Ē I believe God has someone that will be right for me. He has a guy that will not encourage me to compromise my love for God. A guy that will believe in what I believe in. I know if I continue to wait, God will send the perfect guy for me that will value God as most important in his life. When I meet the right guy, God will be the solid base of our relationship. I believe that the most romantic story is the one God has planned for those who love Him. So when the right guy comes my way, I will still stand firm and know that God will always be the guy I love most. God is awesome and I will not only wait for Godís timing to date, but Godís timing for everything.
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Jennifer, I think age has a lot less to do with it than attitude and maturity. I was 16 when my future husband and I started going out. We basically started saving money almost from the beginning, with the hope of being able to buy a block of land and house together. We dated for 5 years (bought the land when I was 19) and were married when I was 21. Moved into our own, brand new home 2 months later. 22 years later, we're still very happily married and serving the Lord. So that's why I think age isn't necessarily the issue. It is, as you said in the first sentence, more to do with the reasons why teenagers begin dating. Dating for the sake of having a boyfriend isn't wise, but waiting for one that at least seems to be right, is. Also, had tiny alarm bells about "obeying the church" by not dating until you are at least 18. I hope the church meant this as a guideline and not a demand. There are way too many abusive churches these day, who are placing demands on their congregation. One young person I know was told she wasn't to date anyone without her Youth Leader's permission. That's why I had alarm bells over that little part you wrote. Having said that though, your desire to wait for a man who shares your same love and passion for the Lord, is very wise - no matter what your age. Anyway, just some thoughts raised as I read your piece. As a critique, my only suggestion would be to break up your writing so that each thought stands out and the reader isn't put off by the block of text (we readers are easily turned off) ;-) Not such a huge problem with such a small piece, but setting it out in a way that makes reading comfortable is a good habit to get into. One last tiny thing, with the first sentence, it may be better to use something like "however, rather than "although". It caused me to stumble a bit as I read it because it didn't seem to quite fit. Anyway Jennifer, may God give you the desire of your heart in all areas of your life. Keep writing - I'll look forward to seeing you grow and develop as you share your writing with us at FaithWriters. With love, Deb
Good piece and I agree with you. I wrote an article without dividing my paragraphs and viewers told me to space it out more.Try that,and the rest is a rap.I know from personal experience. In those relationship people blame God, but they went into that relationship without God. Keep God first in all things that you do.