Spiritual Practice


Sarah Klauda & Wesley Overhults

Sarah Klauda prom night2My high school boyfriend was as much of a nerd as I was. He loved astronomy, was socially awkward, and didn’t think my hobbies were stupid. We were friends. We liked spending time together and decided to be a little more than friends, but we weren’t ready to say we were dating yet. We were simply hanging out and enjoying each other. In our own time, we chose to become exclusive. Our relationship was about what we were comfortable with and not what society expected us to do.

—Sarah Klauda


DON’T RUSH IT: We put too much emphasis on dating. We feel a lot of pressure to find a significant other, and the pressure increases the older we get—as if the clock is ticking, the window of opportunity is closing, and we have to make the most of the time.

Do not stir up or awaken love until it is ready!
Song of Solomon 2:7b (NRSV) 

I believe we can move at our own pace. We can take our time and not jump into relationships. We can resist the pressure to get married by a certain age or to think of dating as a race to the altar. We give ourselves so many rules about how to date and when to date; but love cannot be forced. Let’s not be in a hurry to love before we’re ready.

—Wesley Overhults

—from devozine (September/October 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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