Three on a Date

When you go on a date, make it a threesome—don't forget God. Maintaining your closeness to God is as important in dating as in academics and athletics.

It isn't frivolous to take just a few moments before leaving home or dormitory to draw close to God. No one is too self-assured to do without a humble request for grace to act in a way pleasing to Him. Selfishness, arrogance, willpower, and lust will then have no place in thought or action. You can be yourself—God's man, whose happiness is spiritual and deep. Then you're free to see the best of yourself and give the best of yourself. This affirmation of man's unity with God leaves you free to respond to His directing. The Bible states it this way: "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. ... A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps." Prov. 16:1, 9;

One experience in my high school years illustrates this. It was a girl's-choice dance party. What the band played sounded more like noise than music. I only knew my partner from class. The whole evening was beginning to drag. It was saved, though, when I remembered the quiet thoughts I had had with God before the dance began. These thoughts were from Mrs. Eddy's poem:

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Elaine Helps Gary
December 11, 1976

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