We would like to emphasize eight specific reasons why dating can be a positive experience in your life to help you navigate the waters of maturity and maybe, some day, even marriage. This is an end in itself because couples want to relax and experience a form of entertainment together.
For example, dating helps develop a better understanding of each other's attitudes and behaviors, how to get along, and can increase your ability to discuss and solve relational problems.We are not going to further elaborate on each of these points mentioned above, however we would like to focus on two in particular. Dating does not have to be scary, intimidating, pressure packed, or anything else but enjoyable.An aspect of not allowing your dating relationships to get deep is the physical nature of the relationship.That is something that Stacey and I handled very appropriately. I would plan outings with friends, church groups, or whatever there was just to have more fun.In Genesis it says, Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." As Adam and Eve demonstrate, no matter how many friends we have, in order to fulfill our deep need for love and affection, we need close relationships with others, especially the opposite sex.
One of the worst of all human conditions is loneliness.Lastly, I was involved in other things besides dating.I was heavily involved with sports, and this allowed me to have something other than a dating life to enjoy myself.This will only work if you do not allow the relationship to enter into one too similar to marriage.Premarital sex, obsessive discussions about marriage, or too much time spent together can all take the relationship to a level of intimacy that is inappropriate for dating.If you go to these levels, then your judgment of who the person is and what the relationship is truly like will be clouded.