Guard Your Heart (Somebody Asked Me Part 1)
This is obviously the reason so many Baylor beauties went out with me my Freshman year at college, the year the gender ratio tipped in my favor. So I dated because I could (finally get girls to go out with me) and they dated because someone asked them.
And what’s wrong with that? One person wants to ask someone out. That someone wants to accept the invite! It’s a marriage made in heaven (or at least it’s a date). Everyone wins!
And everyone does win, until someone’s heart gets hurt.
Huh?! What?! Who said anything about cardiac injury?! It’s not like we’re running with scissors. That’s the way I felt when I returned to Baylor as a sophomore. I had happily dated without any heart damage the previous year and was ready for more of the same dating frivolity.
Danielle* put an end to that. I still went out with other girls after her, but that was a painful reality check. I needed to check my motives.
You should know the motives of the person asking you out. You should at least know what they believe their motives to be. Are they interested in you… beyond just an evening?
Are they looking for a serious relationship?
Are they hoping for a physical relationship (without the serious part)?
Are they just lonely? (They need a friend. Not a date.)
Did they ask you because they thought you were sweet, deep, hot or cheap?
Did they think you’d be good for their ego or actually good for their soul?
Did they just know you’d say, “Yes”? (Are you the lonely one?)
Do you have any idea why they asked you out? You should, because when you’re dating you’re dealing with your heart – not the thing that circulates the blood in your body, but the thing that makes your blood boil in anger or run cold in bitterness; the heart that makes your body sweat in anticipation or freeze in fear.
Perhaps you’ve felt a little of all of those emotions in the midst of dating? Doesn’t it make sense to approach such an endeavor with discernment? Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Feel you’ve got a good handle on your emotions? What about your date? Does their heart matter? Is it fair to ask for a little transparency?
I’m not proposing you require a completed date application before going out with anyone (although I think I just described internet dating). If you need an interview and background check to discern the motives of someone asking you out, I’d suggest you probably don’t know them well enough to date them.
Instead of taking applications, get to know potential dating partners in group settings with other friends you know and trust. If you’ve never considered this method of vetting potential dating candidates, I encourage you to read the three-part DNA series called Preventing First Date FAILS.
Once you know someone as a friend, it should feel almostnatural to ask, “So what would this date mean?”
Whew! That’s heavy though isn’t it – that kind of honesty and maturity? It’s also smart, and a reasonable response to someone asking you to risk your heart (and theirs).
Actually, what would be ideal is for the other person to state their intentions in their invitation. What would that look like?
Well what do you think? Got any ideas? Love to hear them. Then I’ll share a couple of mine next week.
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* Not her real name.