Spiritual Practice


Cassidy Cloer, 19

Everybody’s talking about dating: Who likes whom? Who’s hot? Who’s not? Who broke up? For many of us, dating is a goal. We often move quickly through the stages of talking, getting to know each other, and flirtation because we see being in a relationship as the destination. Why do we feel such urgency to date?

I’ve been through two broken relationships, trying to fill a void in my life. Finally, I realized that the emptiness was the result of a broken relationship with my Savior. I am meant to find my worth, my confidence, my purpose, and my joy in Jesus. He fills our every need, heals our scars, forgives our sins, and gives us worth. He paid the ultimate price for us because he sees our beauty and our possibilities. He invites us to be part of the work he is doing to restore our broken world. Dating can be a wonderful experience, but it’s only part of the journey we are on.


I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured.
Ephesians 3:19a (CEV)

REFLECT: Instead of jumping into a relationship or hoping another person will give you confidence or purpose, take time to enjoy all your relationships and to get close to the one who loves you like no other.

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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