Love and Dating

Author: Molly Kelly

LOVE and DATING by Molly Kelly

LOVE AND DATING are words often put together, and in that order, but doesn't DATING AND LOVE make more sense? After all, we have to know people before we can love them. When I was in grade school, I learned that God made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him. Notice that to know comes before to love!

Dating provides the opportunity for two people of the opposite sex to get to know each other by sharing ideas, values, dreams, hopes, and . . . if the chemistry is right . . . to fall in love. Ah, but in today's mixed-up world, the word love has been spindled, mutilated, and bent so out of context that, for some, it's unattainable because it's unexplainable! The words "making love" and "love makes the world go round" make love sound like some kind of manufactured science project! And, how about "love at first sight"? That makes love and infatuation synonyms, but they're not! Infatuation is based solely on feelings; it can be fleeting; and it makes no demands. Love is rooted in knowledge; it has a strong, forever flavor; and love demands respect.

Next, we're told that "love is soft as an easy chair," yet, at times it can be hard as a wooden bench! Why? Because love involves discipline, and discipline can cause discomfort! And another thing, if I were to buy an easy chair, I'd go to the store and plop myself down on a whole bunch of them, to find out which one felt good to me. But love, although it can feel good, can't be bought, and it never involves trying people out, or using them for one's own pleasure. Dating can be a happy and fun experience, or it can be an occasion of sin. It all comes down to respect, and respect is a major ingredient of love! A powerful scripture passage tells us that love is patient, kind, and never rude, and those are also good dating guidelines.

Here are a few other guidelines to help you make dating a happy, healthy, and holy experience in your life.

- Establish boundary lines, and make necking, petting, and prolonged kissing off limits!

- Avoid the occasions of sin by saying NO to unchaperoned parties, drugs and alcohol.

- Don't tempt, tease, or titillate your date. It's not fair, and it's not smart!

- Remember, it takes two to say YES, and only one to say NO!

- Don't give mixed messages. If you are saying NO with your voice, make sure your body and your clothes aren't saying YES!

Take God along with you on your date . . . He's there anyway! . . . and if you keep that in mind, and in the mind of your date, then the three of you can have a 100% PURE, SAFE, dating experience!

The following Celebrate Life! videos dealing with chastity are available from American Life League for $10.00 (plus shipping and handling):

Chastity (CL5)--Molly Kelly talks to teens and parents about reverence for God's gift of sexuality. Her dynamic rapport with teens makes her presentations informative and entertaining.

Sex, Love and Chastity (CL36)--Mary Beth Bonacci helps teens make the right choice, giving entertaining talks about true love and how teens can find it.

For Wedlock Only (CL58)--The Durfields teach children the value of chastity and show parents how to guide their children in the right direction.

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (CL59)--Actors and models in New York City talk about the need for a chaste life style.

These videos may be ordered by contacting the Educational Resource Department of American Life League at (703) 659-4171.

This brochure was written by Molly Kelly. She speaks on chastity, dating and the dangers of birth control constantly and her greatest audiences are young people like yourself. Perhaps your school or youth group would like to invite her to come. If so, write to Molly:

Molly Kelly 311 Roumfort Road Philadelphia, PA 19119

To order this brochure, write VOICE Campus Outreach, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555 or call at (703) 659-4171. The cost is .30 per copy or $20.00 per 100.

Uploaded from American Life League Electronic Bulletin Board (703) 659-7111.