After working with a lot of singles over the years, there are certain principles and practices that I would encourage single folks to develop which will serve them for many years into the future. These practices aren’t particularly exciting or thrilling, but I believe they’re extremely valuable.
Being in the valley of trials stinks. It’s painful, disorienting, and confusing. As we stagger and stumble along we often wonder, Where is God? The reality is, however, that God often does his best work in the darkness.
When we place our practices above Biblical principles, it’s a recipe for disaster. I want to suggest that we can make this whole dating thing a lot simpler and less confusing by simply holding fast to the clear, relatively few principles spelled out in Scripture. What are those principles?
In recent months I’ve come to realize something very important: God isn’t in the dream fulfilling business. Actually, God does fulfill dreams, just not my dreams. God is in the business of fulfilling his dreams.
So, you don’t like to sing when you go to church on Sunday. You’re not really the singing type. But here’s the thing: those of us who don’t want to sing to God are at odds with the rest of the universe.
It says here that you were nearly stoned to death, left for dead, flogged, unjustly thrown in prison, shipwrecked, bitten by venomous snakes, reviled, and generally persecuted wherever you went. Paul, how would you classify these many trials you experienced?
In his kindness, God often brings a prodigal to the end of his rope. And when prodigals bottom out, they often return home and to the church. But when a prodigal returns to your church, what sort of welcome will he receive?
LIE: This is such a minor, insignificant sin! It’s not really a big deal in God’s eyes. TRUTH: Every sin is a horribly offensive to God. Sin is the sum of all evils, the opposite of all that is good, holy, and beautiful.
Many of us, either consciously or unconsciously, hold to the idea that if we do all the right things as parents, our children will turn out okay. When a teenager goes AWOL, we immediately assume that the parents must have failed him in some way.