This is such a hard post to write, because dating is such a tough subject in today's world. So many girls think that they have to have a boyfriend to be cool. Fortunately, I decided a long time ago that I do not want to be what the world considers "cool." So many girls think that it is a bad thing to be single, because the world is telling them that it means no one loves them, so they date a guy that really doesn't love them anyway. They compromise their standards in order for someone to like them, and they usually end up getting hurt.
My parents did not allow me to have a boyfriend until I turned 16, go figure we moved to Guatemala nine days after that where I knew no one.
I'm not gonna lie, there were times when I hated that rule. Now I am so thankful for it. It gave me an excuse to not have to worry about if a boy liked me, and instead find my worth in God. I got to spend my time finding my talents, getting good grades, and growing my faith. The rule that I hated so much, truly made me what I am today. I honestly believe that if my parents had let me date any boy that said I was cute, I wouldn't be doing what I am now. I wouldn't know that I love to write and speak Spanish. I wouldn't know that my passion is for the least of these, because I would have spent all of my time talking to some boy, instead of figuring out who I am, and how God can use me.
As Christians, our relationships are held by a higher standard- God's. When we promise our heart to God, we have to trust Him to guard it. We also need to remember that not only do our parents have rules for our relationships, so does God. His rules are so clear when we read our bible, but sadly, many people today look at His word as guidelines, rather than the commands that they are. God has these rules for a reason, as did my parents. Its because they know whats best for us. And while there may be times when you don't like the rules, one day you are going to appreciate them.
Because one day when you stand at the alter with the man that God hand chose especially for you, a man that puts Jesus before anything- you will know that he was worth the wait.