Dating. Just the thought of it means different things for different people. What young person doesn’t think about meeting that perfect somebody, in the hopes that they’ll spend the rest of their lives with them? I wanted to date as a teen, and so did most of my kids. But not my youngest. Why? Our beautiful daughter has this motto: “Unless I see myself marrying them, I’m not going out with them.” She also said, “I’m not dating until I’m at least 18.” Since she didn’t plan to marry in high school, she saw no need to date. Well, she’s 18 now and waiting for God to bring that right guy her way. Unusual? Perhaps—but smart. Now, you can order your kids not to date, but it’s better if it’s their idea. Preach it while they’re young.

Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14