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The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!’ – Proverbs 22:13
Ok. So I know that I’m supposed to be talking to all the single ladies. All the Ruth’s out there waiting on their Boaz. But for some reason I feel led to address the men first. The guys. The brothers.
Because if you were to Google the term “Christian dating,” “being single while christian,” or just plain old “dating,” 99% of the returned results would be geared towards women. As if we’re dating or getting married to some invisible, non-existent species. Or worse yet, that men are in no need of dating advice. Which would be false.
But here’s what really grinds my gears. I know so many incredible women who are being taught and inspired to wait. To wait on God. To wait on men to pursue. But for some odd reason men are not being taught to actually do the pursuing. Or even just the approaching of humans of the opposite sex.
Many times when you go to singles events at church, it looks more like a desert safari than a room full of grown people itching for a date. Men on one side staying as far away from the imaginary entrance into the lion’s den of female hunters on the other side.
And that analogy may seem a bit far fetched, but you get what I’m saying. Many men are fearful. They’re afraid of rejection. Afraid they might get ‘hurt again.’ Afraid they’ll look like a fool or less of a man if they put their pride on the line to pursue a woman intentionally.
Well you know what? You might get rejected. You might get ‘hurt again.’ And you will have to lay your ego down in order to let God take the forefront in your relationships – over and over again. But don’t let the laziness or fear keep you from the great things God has for you because you’re afraid.
Because in the arena of dating, when you step outside of your comfort zone and take chances to get to know women God has placed in your life, it may not exactly be a confidence builder.
She might cut you with her words. She might shoot you down with a nasty glance and a mean side eye. She may not answer that text in a timely fashion. But it is still your responsibility to take the risk of being rejected, cut, shot down, and sometimes even wait on her as long as you’re walking in obedience.
Now to my ladies. To my Ruth’s still waiting on their Boaz. Do not take that man’s fear as your opportunity to pounce.
A man who is too afraid to ask you out or take that chance in just saying hello doesn’t need to be coaxed out of his man cave of trepidation. That’s where the ambiguous ‘friendgirls’ and ‘textlationships’ live. And we all know how those stories end…Or how they go on forever and ever with no end in sight.
God did not call you to become less of yourself so as not to threaten the timid. You were called to be dangerous for the Kingdom. And the man who is not scared to take on the challenge and privilege of loving you will be drawn to, not fearful of your purpose.
So whether you’re trusting in the wait or following God’s lead in the pursuit, you can know for certain that there is no such thing as immunity from challenges or human rejection.
Faith is the epitome of freedom but it is not safe. There are lions out there, and you will learn a few lessons in humility. But staying in the confines of fear is not an option when you walk with an almighty God.
Stay bold my friends…