Revised: Jan 14, 2016
When I originally tackled this subject I had teens on my mind because of my circumstances. But now I notice teens aren’t the only ones working the dating scene. More and more adult Christians are engaging in long-term, perpetual dating. And I am left wondering what the God of Eden thinks about how we are treating a relationship he designed to be a sacred image of himself.
A couple weeks ago my husband and I took our 7 year-old daughter out to dinner, per her request, to Olive Garden. She wanted us to get dressed up and take just her. When we got to the restaurant she wanted Daniel and I to sit together and her across from us. As she smiled and sparkled she said, “Mommy, Daddy was the first one you ever kissed right?”
My heart sank. Shame sparked like fire in my spirit. As I stumbled on my words, not knowing how to answer my innocent child, my husband said, “I’m the first one that mattered.” Again, my husband, my Christ-figure (Eph. 5) covered my sin, the sins of my youth.
If you are a teenager, raising a teenager, will ever be raising a teenager or know a teenager, watch this. Open your heart and consider this truth.
Marriage is hard. The process of becoming one flesh is tedious and painful. When you add the baggage of previous relationships and sexual sin marriage is only harder. If you are single my plea to you is please don’t give your body, your heart, your commitment or your dreams to anyone until marriage is your intention… and theirs.