Wednesday night youth group meetings served as our own opportunities to play "Love Connection," a game that resulted in broken hearts littering the foyer. Since I was the only one in the youth group who had the nerve to talk to her, she wound up liking me. After my folks were asleep, Kelly and I would spend hours on the phone, often late into the night, talking about everything and nothing in particular. We knew we couldn't be as close physically as we were emotionally. "No, it's over." We broke up two years after we'd met. Something Better I was seventeen years old when my relationship with Kelly ended. " God answered that plea, but not in the way I had expected.In my sophomore year, my involvement in the dating game took a more serious turn. She was beautiful, blonde, and two inches taller than I. I asked her to be my girlfriend on the youth group's water ski retreat. Everyone in our youth group recognized us as a couple. As a result, we experienced ongoing tension, and it wore on us. "We have to break up," I said to her one night after a movie. "Is there any chance we can have something in the future? My dreams of romance had ended in compromise, bitterness, and regret. " I felt discouraged, confused, and desperate for an alternative to the cycle of short-term relationships in which I found myself. I thought He'd bring me the ideal girlfriend or totally remove my desire for romance.To "know" something is to understand or grasp it clearly and with certainty.
Unfortunately, youth group did little to improve my immature notions about relationships.
Instead, He revealed through His Word what it meant to submit my love life to His Willsomething I'd never truly done.
I wanted God's best but hadn't been willing to play by His rules.
Even in church we played the dating game with passionmore passion, I regret to say, than we gave to worshiping or listening to sermons. But, like many high school relationships, our romance was prematuretoo much, too soon.
During Sunday morning services we passed notes about who liked whom, who was going out with whom, and who had broken up with whom. We began to struggle with the physical side of our relationship.