It’s a chilling idea, and one that I think has certainly created some reluctance toward dating.
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Finally, it’s a problem that’s disappointing many of the young Christian women in our lives. My father has many memories of giving the cute girl from youth group a ride home on the handlebars of his bicycle, while my grandfather had something of a reputation for dancing with all the eligible young ladies at Christian fundraisers.
But somewhere among books like I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a lack of relationship role models and trying to navigate the minefield that is modern dating, something changed for our generation.
Andrew Swafford makes the point that one way or another, the friendship is going to change as life goes on.
“Either you’ll eventually marry this girl, or you’ll find your calling elsewhere,” Swafford writes (in which case, given the underlying attraction, it probably won’t be appropriate to stay as close to this her as you currently are). Sure, for better or worse, letting a girl know how you feel is going to change the friendship. Either this girl reciprocates your feelings (*fist bump*), in which case, let the dating begin!
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The only way you’re going to be able to do that is if you’re dating them.
Maybe there’s someone who’s been one your mind while you read this post; a girl who, now that I mention it, has been on your mind a fair bit lately; a beautiful, holy woman that you haven’t yet had the courage to pursue.
Or she doesn’t, and that’s rough, but at least now there is clarity in the relationship.