The Christian path is not a promise for a smooth road when you date.
It is, however, a promise that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you while you are on the path.
So much of the news is about the tragedies of this world, and it is easy to lose hope unless we cling to our Creator and walk boldly in faith.
This is never more real than when you are a parent of a teenager that has been asked out on a date. One minute the road is paved with possibilities and the next moment the ground seems to crumble beneath you.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety
The hope that we are given is that Jesus is omnipotent and omnipresent and knows how we need to instruct our children each step of the way. God will give us direction and guide our steps so that we can be a light to our kids and encourage them to stay on the path of righteousness.
We know that our kids are within reach of many things that can destroy them but they are also in the grip of Jesus. A date can be innocent, but an unhealthy romantic interest can also devastate teens and young adults that are inexperienced. Long before teens start expressing a desire to court or date, there are many things we can do to help them prepare for future Christian dating with marriage in mind.
As parents, we want our kids to be extremely careful and selective and not give their hearts away to just anyone. It takes time to know the true character of a person. In the meantime, let’s prepare our teens to date “dressed for success.”
What to wear on a date:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When we arm our children with these things, we teach them to rely on Jesus and the Word of God to steer them in the right direction when they do not have us there to guide them.
Help your kids take on the Mind of Christ and learn to recognize the dangers. God wants them to be safe and abundantly blessed in all their relationships. Let’s help pave the way!
My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.