Love…complicated. Dating…complicated. Heartbreaks…complicated. No matter if you’re married, single, divorced, or remarried, relationships are just complicated. This series can help you get it right.
This week we’re beginning a 5-part series called Love, Dates & Heartbreaks. We all know it’s complicated. Love…complicated. Dating…complicated. Heartbreaks…complicated. No matter if you’re married, single, divorced, or remarried, relationships are just complicated. This series can help you get it right. Love is complicated. Relationships are complicated. But the good news is that they don’t have to be! I invite you to join us as we take a look at the whole topic of relationships and how to make sure yours are healthy.
We’re looking at what it really takes to build and sustain healthy, successful relationships so that your chances of a “happily ever after” are more than just a wish your heart makes. Relationships, whether you’re actively dating, waiting, or married, can be successful, rewarding, and deeply satisfying. It will require a bit more than a few magic words and some pixie dust, but the benefits are more than worth the effort! Join us as we dive a little deeper into what it really means to love well.
We’ve spent a couple weeks talking about love. This week we’re taking a look at five rules for dating.
As with all the other types of rules we’ve considered, these rules for dating have a purpose; they are intended to help you know which way to go when it comes to building a relationship with a potential romantic partner. I suppose you could just wing it... but successful relationships are cultivated intentionally. Even if all you turn out to be is friends, don’t you want to develop that friendship in a healthy way? I don’t know anyone who is anxious to leave a string of broken relationship in their wake.
No rules relationships result in heartache. But choosing to play by these dating rules will help you build connections that will allow both you and your significant other to thrive, regardless of how you ultimately define your relationship. Healthy relationships are worth the work. Let’s play by the rules.
You’ve probably heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Humans are creatures of habit. Those habits we live by can either be good ones, or, as is often the case, they can be not-so-good ones. The development of habits, whether they are good or bad, is the same... you keep repeating the same behavior, making the same choice, over and over and over. Eventually, your repeated choice creates a pathway in your brain – just like repeated footsteps create a path in the woods – that leads you to a particular destination or result. If you want to get to a different destination, you’re going to need to take a different path. But clearing and creating a new path is hard work!
We are in week 4 of our series, Love, Dates and Heartbreaks. Do you find yourself stuck in a rut, relationally speaking? Are you hoping for a different result with your next relationship? Or just hoping that something will change in your current one? If you want a different outcome, you’re gonna need a different strategy!
Is it easy? Of course not. You’ll have to think a bit differently, and not just rely on your old habits. Do you want the outcome enough to make the changes? I hope so.
We are wrapping up our series, Love, Dates & Heartbreaks this Sunday. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about loving our people the way Jesus does, and what it means to date in a different direction than our culture. But we all know that even the best relationships take work, and even when you make the effort, you don’t always get a fairytale ending. Sometimes the magic wears off, the princess stumbles and loses a shoe, or the prince falls off his horse and dreams get shattered.
Perhaps you’re facing heartbreak right now. Or maybe, you’ve had more than your fair share and you’ve just decided to tap out of the relationship game. Because it’s just too hard and hurts too much. Or maybe you care about someone who’s in that place. I encourage you to join us this Sunday as we consider what God wants us to know about navigating heartbreak.
The reality is that sooner or later, in one way or another, we all face heartbreak. But our hearts don’t have to stay that way and you don’t have to face it alone. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday.