I am a woman of faith. I believe in God and the power of His word and wisdom. The one thing that has struck me is this scripture:
He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing and obtain favor from the Lord.
(Proverbs 18:22. KJV)
With the wisdom found in this 15-word scripture, I feel, has not been hewn out. Let me tell you and unsweet truth.
Not every man is looking to for a wife.
Not every woman wants a husband.
There, now that we have established these two truths, let’s talk about The Seeking Game. This is also known as dating. Yes, dating.
On the cusp of turning 40, I quote my mother often. The quotes I cherish above any others deal with dating and relationships. This one is a favorite: “There ain’t nothing wrong with dating!” Now, my mother is almost 70. She is from an era that women expected a man to bring something to a relationship. Where criteria were created, held and appreciated. In the situations where there weren’t, a woman left. In that phrase, ‘there ain’t nothing wrong with dating’, gave me the freedom as a woman that was dating to be honest with the men I was attracting.
It also reminded me of my criteria, and what I wanted. It reminded me that the man that want, has to match what I need as well! If I want to be a wife, I can’t be caught up with a man that doesn’t want one! Simple as that.
AS. SIMPLE. AS. THAT.
I believe that to be chosen, in being chosen, for a relationship requires the desire to be chosen (What does that mean, Jenn?). That means you have to have the desire to be chosen, in order to be chosen! You have the right to sample and swim in the dating pool! You have a right to change your mind, say no, or to date without being serious or attached.
You have to be able to be honest with yourself when you date! You have be able to be alone with your thoughts. If you want to date casually, do that. If you want to date with purpose, do that. But you have to make a decision! And that level of decision-making, is going to take a level of honesty few people are prepared for. Why? People don’t like to be alone, and we crave comfort and routine. As one of my girlfriends said: Some people stay together out of time and convenience rather than loyalty.
The most irrecoupable thing you have as a human being is time. Once that is gone or wasted, there is nothing which can be done to snatch it back from that hungry abyss. Value what you bring. Value your criteria. Value your time.
Remember, there is nothing wrong with dating. There is nothing wrong with keeping your options open. But be honest about what you want–and adhere to that.