Dating articles and advice
You see the magazines, TV shows, and movies that tell you how you’re young, and you should date a lot of people before you get married.
You see certain “role models” jumping from one dating relationship to another.
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For me, it highlights the importance of choosing someone who is gentle, caring, and good-hearted not only in the good times but also in the bad times. A good friend once told me that you have to “fit your own oxygen mask first.” I was in a really bad place with depression and anxiety and trying to make a relationship work that was never going to work, fixing all of his issues and neglecting my own. You have to give all that you’re capable of giving to your partner (love, understanding, forgiveness, acceptance), and expect that in return. Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want to be loved doesn’t mean they don’t love you.
It was the most intense wake-up-call piece of advice I’ve ever received, and I now repeat it like a parrot to anyone asking for advice. That really opened me up to thinking about new ways of appreciating people, and made me less angry.
However, even among Christians, there are differences as to whether you should or should not date.There will be plenty of opportunities to find love, and you can’t take rejection so seriously, especially when you’re young. “Staying is a choice.” My mom told me this when my marriage was clearly over and I felt powerless, terrified, hopeless, all those dark places you go when you know that it’s over but you stay and stay and stay, and try and try some more, only to come to the same heartbreaking conclusions.