Every parent wants some assurance that the girl her son is dating – or the guy her daughter is dating – is not going to get them into trouble or hurt them. At the same time, no teen likes to be preached to. What’s the solution?
One mother wrote an article stating that when her teenage daughter started dating, she wanted to give her advice that was practical without being overbearing or preachy. She suggested her daughter go read 1 Cor 13:4-7, and substitute her boyfriend’s name wherever the word “Love” appears or is referred to….the result… Wow!
Try it! Fill in the blank with the person you would like to date.
_________ is patient,
_________ is kind.
_________ is not jealous,
_________ is not pompous,
_________ is not inflated,
_________ is not rude,
_________ does not seek its own interests,
_________ is not quick-tempered,
_________ does not brood over injury,
_________ does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
_________ bears all things,
_________ believes all things,
_________ hopes all things,
_________ endures all things.
Did he/she stand up to this test?
And what about you? When you are alone at the end of the day, you might try this list on yourself, asking “Was I patient today? Was I kind? Jealous? Rude? Self-seeking?, etc. If we find ourselves lacking in the list, we can turn to God and ask Him to help us grow, that the next time I have the opportunity to be kind, polite, humble, other-centered, not complaining, etc, we will remember this list and make choices that show others not that you are worthy and faithful friend to have, but even more, that you live your life following Christ.
credits for the find: Larry D: At the Patheos Catholic Portal
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