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When Are Teenagers Ready To Date?

Think Christianly: When Are Teenagers Ready To Date?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When Are Teenagers Ready To Date?

This past sunday I spoke to our teenagers and college students on how to have healthy dating relationships. Here are 3 ways you know if you (or if you are a parent your son / daughter) is ready to date:

1. When you have a picture in your mind of the “right kind of person” you will not settle less for (silhouette).
  • A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold – Proverbs 22:1
  • A good rule of thumb: If you would not marry this kind of person, then don’t date this kind of person. Date actual, not potential.
2. When you are more interested in / focused on BECOMING the right kind of person than FINDING the right person.
  • Cultivating your relationship with God and building character now is the best thing you could do for your future relationships.
3. When you know what physical / moral / emotional boundaries you will not compromise on in order to get that other person to like you.
  • Special note for girls: If this guy is pressuring you physically or morally, run as fast as you can in the other direction! WHY? He obviously does not respect and obey God. And if he doesn’t respect and obey God's Word, then he will break your heart to get what he wants…you are worth WAITING for!
The Bottom Line: Being lonely with hope of a GOOD relationship is much better than being stuck in a BAD relationship filled with frustration and regrets…and worse still if you get married to them someday with NO WAY OUT.

"He who walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm" - Proverbs 13:20

This is ESPECIALLY true when it comes to dating relationships. Click here to learn more about healthy relationships during the high school and college years

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