Spiritual Practice


Jennifer Bushnell, 19

I had survived a bad breakup, and I thought I was ready to date again. In fact, I thought this new guy might be “the one.” We went on a date, and he flattered me enough that I said yes to being his girlfriend. Our first week together was everything I had dreamed it would be, but I soon learned that I didn’t really know the guy and that I wasn’t attracted to the person who seemed to be emerging.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 6:14a (NKJV)

In the beginning, he built himself up as a man of God; but I quickly saw his true colors. I kept trying to convince myself that our relationship would improve; yet, being “unequally yoked” was tearing me down. Soon, temptations crept into our relationship; and before long, I no longer had God at the center of my life. I needed to end the relationship, but I knew the pain of a breakup all too well; I didn’t want to go there again. Eventually, one little issue arose and he ended our relationship—a blessing in disguise and confirmation that he was not the one.

Making God the center of your life is the key to relationships. Offer everything to God. Listen to God as you make decisions. God wants to be involved in all your relationships.


REFLECT: What are some ways to keep God at the center of your life? How will you invite God to be a part of your dating relationships?

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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